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Sun, Feb 25, 2018 - 9:00am - 11:30am
There will be an ancestor commemoration for MyoOn Maurine Stuart, who passed away in 1990. MyoOn gave Shinge Roshi lay ordination in 1985. MyoOn's book, edited by Shinge Roshi, Subtle Sound: The Zen...
Sat, Mar 10, 2018 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
What could be better than an afternoon of nurturing in an oasis of calm? This half-day retreat is led by Zen Center Dharma Teacher Jisho Judy Fancher. It will include meditation instruction, silent...
Sun, Mar 11, 2018 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us at a commemoration service for Shinge Roshi's Dharma grandfather, Soen Nakagawa Roshi, in lieu of morning service. Please wear tabi or clean white socks for the ceremony.
Sun, Mar 11, 2018 - 10:30am - Sun, Apr 15, 2018 - 10:30am
Poetry writing, art, storytelling, and age-appropriate meditation and chanting help children learn about the basic practices of Buddhism and develop patience, compassion, and a sense of oneness with...
Sun, Mar 11, 2018 - 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,...
Fri, Mar 16, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The "Plus" is that Togan Tim Kohlbrenner, a resident at ZCS, will be showing us his photos and discussing his recent three-month visit to India.
Sun, Mar 18, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Board of Trustees of the Zen Center of Syracuse will meet Sunday, December 17, 3-5pm. The Board meets in the Forman House to discuss issues ranging from finances to programming to property...
Thu, Mar 22, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us for the commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting begins at 6 pm in the Zendo. Please wear tabi or clean white socks for the...
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
Registration for sesshin is now open. The registration deadline for Sesshin is April 12. Please register early if you are planning on attending. Sesshin scheduling and meal planning is very involved...
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jul 26, 2018 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jul 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
Please click here for more information on attending sesshin at the Zen Center of Syracuse.

Ongoing programs

Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day On the Thursday or Sunday closest to the 21st of the month
Yoga Fridays 5:30 pm, Sundays 1:00 pm
Dharma Kids Periodic Sundays, 10:00am 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 - 11:30am
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
Tibetan Dharma Study First Saturday of every month

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 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.


Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 26 to Apr 29, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 26 to Jul 29, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 18 to Oct 21, Zen Center of Syracuse