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Thu, Nov 27, 2014 (All day)
Please note that the Zen Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 - 9:00am - Fri, Nov 28, 2014 - 5:00pm
We invite you and your family to join us for our yearly Thanksgiving dinner. The celebration will begin with a Dharma talk by Shinge Roshi on Thursday afternoon, followed by a delicious vegetarian feast. An informal brunch on Friday will conclude the event, but guests will be welcome to linger and enjoy the monastery and grounds. A donation of $250 is suggested, but work-exchange is welcome. For more information and to make a reservation, please contact
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 - 6:00pm - Mon, Dec 8, 2014 - 12:00pm
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 14, 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, which is available for purchase in our store. 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.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Please join us for our December commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting begins at 9am in the zendo during Morning Service.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 - 12:00am - Sat, Feb 28, 2015 - 11:59pm
In late spring of 2015, Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin, a long-time sangha member of Hoen-ji and Dai Bosatsu Zendo, will lead a tour of Japan, as he has done for many years. The 2015 trip will take place from May 17 - June 1st 2015.  Those wishing to attend should contact Nyogetsu by February 28th 2015 with a deposit of 50% of the cost of the trip ($1,750, which is 100% refundable until April 15th) in order to hold your place. The full price of the trip is $3,500 and includes:
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 - 11:59pm - Thu, Jan 1, 2015 - 1:00am
Plan to ring in the Year of the Sheep at the Zen Center! Participants are welcome to bring midnight snacks to share as we celebrate 2015 with chanting, the traditional ringing of the gong 108 times, and much joyous celebration.   Please note:  Time TBA.
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 11, 2015 - 5:00pm
Registration is now open. To register, either: Register online Fill out the attached registration form and email it to
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 26, 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 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
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


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 Winter Sesshin Jan 8 to Jan 11, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 23 to Apr 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 23 to Jul 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 15 to Oct 18, Zen Center of Syracuse