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Sun, May 18, 2014 - 12:00am - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - 12:00am
May is here, the lush temple grounds teem with life-- orioles, song sparrows, flowering dogwood, swallowtails, bloodroot-- as well as many weeds that you are invited to help pull.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Please save the date! 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. Click here to RSVP and receive directions to the picnic location. Please bring a dish to share.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Please join us for our August commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting begins at 7pm in the zendo and is followed by a joyous celebration with light refreshments in the Forman House.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 - 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 16, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
Registration is now open. To register, either: Register online Fill out the attached registration form and email it to
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 11, 2015 - 5:00pm
This sesshin is not yet open for registration.

Ongoing programs

Yoga Friday 5:30 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm
Dharma Kids Various Sundays, 9:45am to 11am. Click to see schedule.
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
Tibetan Dharma Study Monthly, periodic Saturdays at 11:00am
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

Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
This course in the cultivation of mindfulness 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 Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
This five-part course explores basic questions about Buddhist teachings and practice.
Course begins Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 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 Hoen-ji and nine times a year at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji. During sesshin, frequent dokusan and daily teisho are offered, in addition to a rigorous schedule of sitting, chanting, work practice, and formal meals.


Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin (3 days) Zen Center of Syracuse


Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin (3 days) Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin (3 days) Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin (3 days) Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin (3 days) Zen Center of Syracuse