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Sun, Jul 12, 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 Summer Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 - 7:00am - Sun, Jul 26, 2015 - 5:00pm
Registration is now open. To register, either: Register online Fill out the attached registration form and email it to
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:59pm
The 2015 Dharma Connection, the Zen Center's annual journal, will be published again this fall. We're looking for your contributions, including reflections on practice, poems, photographs, drawings and cartoons, as well as announcements of births, marriages, deaths, awards, and career milestones.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 - 3:00pm - Sun, Aug 23, 2015 - 3:00pm
This is the Year of the Sheep, and DBZ has invited West Coast fiber/installation artist Mandy Greer for a two-week artist's residency at DBZ that will culminate with Family Weekend. She will lead the creation of a participatory fiber-based environmental installation using old clothes and wool sourced from ethically run sheep farms (click here to read more about this project). There will be an open house from 1 to 5 p.m.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Click here to RSVP and receive directions to the picnic location. ZCS's annual sangha meeting will be preceded by an informal gathering. A generous sangha member has agreed to host this event. A Japanese garden and tea house, a walking trail, a basketball hoop, and an in-ground pool will surely create a day of fun and relaxation for the whole family. Please bring a dish to share.
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sat, Oct 3, 2015 - 11:00am
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
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 18, 2015 - 5:00pm
This sesshin is not yet open for registration.
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

Ongoing programs

Tibetan Dharma Study Monthly, periodic Saturdays at 11:00am
Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
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
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


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 Summer Sesshin Jul 23 to Jul 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 26 to Oct 3, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
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 Dec 30 to Jan 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo