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Mon, Nov 21, 2016 - 5:00am - Sat, Dec 31, 2016 - 11:59pm
Dear Sangha and Dharma Friends, At this season of giving thanks, I want to express my special gratitude to you. Your caring involvement and generous support ensure that the Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji can continue to be a spiritual sanctuary, one that is needed more than ever as we experience painful rifts in our nation’s fabric.
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 - 12:00am - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 - 12:00am
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 - 11:00pm - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 - 5:00pm
When Shakyamuni Buddha resolved to realize the end to old age, sickness and death, he sat beneath a Bodhi tree and did not rise until finally, at dawn on December the 8th, a glimmering star caused him to awaken to his own true nature.  The enlightenment of Shakyamuni is commemorated around the world by eight days of sesshin, during which particpants sit longer and longer each night, recognizing the unshakable faith and determination of Shakyamuni.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
All are welcome to attend the upcoming meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Zen Center of Syracuse. The Board meets in the Forman House to discuss issues ranging from finances to programing to ecosystem stewardship.
Sun, Dec 18, 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, Dec 22, 2016 - 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. Chanting and sitting are from 6-8pm in the zendo; we look forward to seeing you there!
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 - 9:00pm - Sun, Jan 1, 2017 - 1:00am
Join us to ring in the Year of the Rooster! The evening starts informally at 9:00 pm with an individual purification ceremony in the Forman House Dharma Hall.  Each of us lists on a piece of paper all the patterns of negative and harmful behaviors we would like to relinquish. Then, chanting the Verse of Purification, we each consign our lists into the fire. Roshi will give a talk at 10 pm.

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.


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 Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo