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Thu, Oct 8, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
This year, we will celebrate Roshi's birthday on Thursday, October 8, during the third sitting period (7:30 p.m.); this will replace our October "first Thursday" celebration. Roshi will be leading Golden Wind Sesshin at DBZ on her actual birthday, October 2.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - Fri, Oct 9, 2015 - 9:00pm
Fr. Boyle is an American Jesuit priest. He is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, a group of businesses giving employment to gang members. He was formerly pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, Calif. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Tattoos on the Heart.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dharma Study meets in the Joshua Forman House. The group, which includes Shinge Roshi and many students, is currently reading and discussing The Book of Rinzai. All are welcome, and no prior reading is necessary. We will begin Dharma Study at 7:00 pm by meeting in the Carriage House Zendo for a half hour of zazen before moving over to the Forman House.
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 18, 2015 - 5:00pm
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Fri, Oct 16, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:10pm
Friday, Oct 16, 7:00 pm, the award winning climate change film, A Sea Change, will be shown at The Palace Theater. A Sea Change premiered to a standing-room only audience at the Smithsonian Museum, and a standing ovation. The film screened at festivals in North America, Europe, and Latin America, garnering multiple awards and aired on national and international television.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us for Mandala Day, our commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Mandala Day will be celebrated during Thursday's evening service, October 22 (rather than the 21st). Chanting and sitting is from 6-8pm in the zendo; we look forward to seeing you there!
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
"Moonlighting" is a series of informal discussions, debates and interviews hosted by ESF's President, Dr. Quentin Wheeler. Joining Dr. Wheeler for a discussion on science and religion, "Heaven and Earth: The Relationship between Religion and Science", will be Father George Coyne (LeMoyne College and former Vatican astronomer) and Dr. Warren Allmon (Director of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca and Professor in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University).
DBZ Harvest Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sat, Nov 7, 2015 - 3:00pm
Shinge Roshi will offer sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Dai Bosatsu Zendo is located in the Catskill Mountains at 223 Beecher Lake Road in Livingston Manor, NY 12758
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, Jan 17, 2016 - 12:00am
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 24, 2016 - 5:00pm

Ongoing programs

Yoga Friday 5:30 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm
Dharma Kids First and Third Sundays, 10:15am to 11:30am.
Dharma Study One Sunday a month, 7 - 9 pm.
Dokusan During Zazen, 2nd and 4th weeks of every month
Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
Tibetan Service Saturdays, 10am - 11am
Residential Training at Hoen-ji Resident program; On-going
Deep Presence Introduction to meditation course
Basic Buddhism Course exploring Buddhist teachings and practice
Conscious Stress Reduction Course teaching resilience through meditation and mindfulness training

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
How often are we really present for what is happening in any one moment? Distractibility interferes with our ability to listen, to focus, to respond, and to feel fully alive. This course in the cultivation of attention without tension is offered regularly at the Zen Center (about two times a year), and is taught by Shinge Roshi, Roko Sherry Chayat. Five evening classes include meditation instruction and practice, group discussion, and light refreshments. Fee: $125, Students: $85.
Course begins Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn to develop resilience in the face of the demands and traumas of everyday life through meditation and mindfulness training, yoga and stretching and body awareness.


Sesshin, the traditional intensive meditation retreat, is offered four times a year at Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji and six times a year at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji. During sesshin, frequent dokusan and daily teachings are offered, in addition to a rigorous schedule of sitting, chanting, work practice, and formal meals.


Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 15 to Oct 18, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Nov 3 to Nov 7, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo


NYC Martin Luther King Jr. Sesshin Jan 15 to Jan 17, New York Zendo
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin Jan 21 to Jan 24, Zen Center of Syracuse
NYC March-On Sesshin Mar 11 to Mar 13, New York Zendo
DBZ Holy Days Sesshin Apr 2 to Apr 9, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 14 to Apr 17, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Five-Day Nyogen Senzaki Sesshin May 3 to May 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ 40th Anniversary Sesshin Jun 26 to Jul 4, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 21 to Jul 24, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 24 to Oct 1, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 20 to Oct 23, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Nov 1 to Nov 6, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo