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DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 - 12:00am - Sat, Oct 1, 2016 - 12:00am
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for a very special First Thursday celebration of Shinge Roshi's birthday! As usual, zazen begins at 6:00pm in the Zendo. After two periods of zazen, we will meet for a joyous celebration with tea and cake in the Forman House at 7:30. In lieu of personal gifts, Roshi would appreciate donations be made to the Zen Center. Donations in her honor can be made online by clicking the Donate button below, or by sending a check to: Zen Center of Syracuse 266 West Seneca Turnpike
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 - 1:00pm - 7:00pm
  The Abbot and Board of Trustees of the Zen Center of Syracuse cordially invite you to join us to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of the establishment of our home at the historic Joshua Forman House property 266 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York, and to support the renovation of our residence hall kitchen. RSVP here by September 30.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 - 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 Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-Neng, translated by Red Pine. 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.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
Come for this very special sesshin as we celebrate 20 years at the Joshua Forman House property. The registration deadline for Sesshin is Oct 6. Please register early if you are planning on attending. Sesshin scheduling and meal planning is very involved, so your early registration is extremely helpful! To register, either:
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 - 9:00am - Sun, Oct 30, 2016 - 3:00pm
Join us for the return of the Tibetan Carpet Sale for two days in October! Hand made Tibetan carpets, books, jewelry, clothing, and more.  Saturday, October 29th, 9am-7pm and Sunday, October 30th 12:30pm-3pm To view carpets or for more information, visit, call 315-247-8613 or email  
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 (All day)
We are now undertaking a small Capital Campaign to renovate the Residence Kitchen, which has sorely needed a more efficient layout and new appliances for many years. A generous Dharma Friend has offered a $20,000 matching gift for this special undertaking.
DBZ Harvest Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, Nov 6, 2016 - 12:00am
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 - 12:00am - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Ongoing programs

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

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 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, September 21, 2016 - 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. Please click here for more information on attending sesshin at the Zen Center of Syracuse.


DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 24 to Oct 1, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Nov 1 to Nov 6, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo