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Fri, Aug 5, 2016 - 5:00pm - Tue, Aug 9, 2016 - 2:00pm
The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to suffer from the first use of nuclear weapons.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 - 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Please join our partner organization, Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) for an exciting and informative Social Justice Leadership Training. This is a great opportunity to be with other local community members who share your passion for change - and creating a more equitable community. 
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 - 6:00pm - Tue, Aug 16, 2016 - 8:00pm
The City of Syracuse's Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today invites you to participate in HOPE (Healing, Opportunity, Prosperity, Empowerment) listening sessions to hear your ideas and concerns about poverty issues in Syracuse. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact TNT Coordinator Tina Zagyva at (315) 448-8178, or
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Volunteers are needed for Contact Community Services. Kristine Knutson, program manager for volunteer relations, has offered to come to the Zen Center to tell us about what's involved in serving as a Hotline volunteer, which requires the active and reflective listening skills we cultivate with our zazen practice.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us for our August 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.
Sun, Aug 28, 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, Sep 22, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
InterFaith Works' Dinner Dialogues are hosted at various local host residences in and around Syracuse.
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 - 12:00am - Sat, Oct 1, 2016 - 12:00am
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
Please click here for more information on attending sesshin at the Zen Center of Syracuse.
DBZ Harvest Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, Nov 6, 2016 - 12:00am

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
Yoga and Zen Tuesdays, 6-7pm


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 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