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Wed, Feb 10, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join us at Syracuse University for a talk by Zen Master Shinge Sherry Chayat, Abbot of the Zen Studies Society and Zen Center of Syracuse.
Sun, Feb 14, 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.
Sun, Feb 21, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us for our February commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting is from 9:00-10:00am in the Zendo in lieu of regular Morning Service. Zazen will follow at 10:00am.
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Introductory Meditation Mini-Retreat Registration Led by Zen Center Dharma Teachers Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz and Jisho Judy Fancher Join us on a Saturday afternoon for a mini-retreat at the Zen Center of Syracuse.
NYC March-On Sesshin at New York Zendo
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, Mar 13, 2016 - 12:00am
DBZ Holy Days Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 - 12:00am - Sat, Apr 9, 2016 - 12:00am
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 17, 2016 - 5:00pm
Tue, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, May 8, 2016 - 12:00am
DBZ 40th Anniversary Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 - 12:00am - Mon, Jul 4, 2016 - 12:00am
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jul 24, 2016 - 5:00pm

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
Basic Buddhism Course exploring Buddhist teachings and practice
Conscious Stress Reduction Course teaching resilience through meditation and mindfulness training
Yoga and Zen Tuesdays, 6-7pm

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 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.
Course begins Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 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.


DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo


NYC March-On Sesshin Mar 11 to Mar 13, New York Zendo
DBZ Holy Days Sesshin Apr 2 to Apr 9, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 14 to Apr 17, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Five-Day Nyogen Senzaki Sesshin May 3 to May 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ 40th Anniversary Sesshin Jun 26 to Jul 4, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 21 to Jul 24, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 24 to Oct 1, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 20 to Oct 23, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Nov 1 to Nov 6, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo