This year, Buddha's Birthday (April 8) falls on Passover weekend and on Easter, and we don't anticipate that many families will be able to join us that day. Therefore, we'll have a smaller celebration than usual. We will gather at 11 a.m. in the Forman House, chant, bathe the Baby Buddha in his flower bower, but will not have the potluck celebration afterward with cake and family time. All are welcome to join us in this meaningful ceremony.
Please join us on February 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Zen Center of Syracuse for the dedication of a historic plaque celebrating the 1810 residence of Joshua Forman, first President of the Village of Syracuse. The house has been lovingly restored by the Zen Center since 1996, when it acquired the property at 266 West Seneca Turnpike.
The plaque was made possible through a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and Mr. Pomeroy will be present at the dedication ceremony. A short reception will follow. Read more »
On Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Zen Center of Syracuse, we will celebrate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha with chanting, meditation, bathing the baby Buddha statue with sweet tea, a light lunch, and a nature walk for children of all ages.
We will have our regular Sunday morning service in the Carriage House Zendo, starting promptly at 9 a.m. Zazen (meditation) will follow from 10 to 10:45. Guests may join us at 9, or may gather in the Main House between 10:30 and 10:45. We will all participate in the Buddha’s Birthday ceremony there. Read more »
We rise every morning to a new day, wash our faces, brush our teeth, make coffee, yet are we grateful for the water that allows us to live this day? On Saturday, October 9, leaders from the Onondaga Nation and the Zen Center of Syracuse will conduct “Honoring and Giving Thanks to the Onondaga Waters,” a series of ceremonies, and will dedicate a large-scale stone sculpture by Haudenosaunee artist Tom Huff. The events, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m. along the Onondaga Creek at the Zen Center of Syracuse, 266 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Read more »