Sitting Schedule

Online Zoom Meetings and Sittings

Although we have suspended our in-person programming due to the coronavirus pandemic, we continue to meet online to support each other during this challenging time for zazen, programs, Dharma talks and more. Shinge Roshi continues to teach, giving Dharma Talks and dokusan via Zoom meetings. We look forward to seeing you; all are welcome!

Newcomers are encouraged to attend Introduction to Zen Meditation on Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. before joining one of the regularly scheduled events.

To attend any meeting below, please email us at for Zoom meeting links.  All times are in Eastern Time.

Threefold Sangha Dharma Talk and Discussion
Sunday 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. hosted jointly by Zen Center of Syracuse (ZCS) and The Zen Studies Society (ZSS).
30 minutes of zazen, followed by Dharma Talk and large-group discussion.

Introduction to Zen Meditation
Wednesday 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. hosted jointly by ZSS and ZCS.
Introductory instruction in Zen meditation, followed by meditation and informal discussion. No experience necessary.

New York Zendo Shobo-ji Zazen and Sangha Meeting
Tuesday 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. hosted by NYZ Shobo-ji.
30 minutes of zazen, followed by practice discussion

Open Zazen

Monday through Saturday
6 – 6:40 a.m. hosted by ZCS
7 – 7:40 a.m. hosted by ZCS
40-minute periods of zazen

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. hosted by ZCS
60 minutes of zazen

Monday through Friday
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. hosted by Genno
30 minutes of zazen followed by optional informal discussion

12 – 12:30 p.m. hosted by Daishi Kevin Pinzone
30 minutes of zazen

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
7:00 – 8:45 p.m. hosted by NYZ Shobo-ji
Han, chanting (download Sutra Book), two 40 minute periods of zazen with 10 a minute break (kinhin) between. (Note: meetings not held during sesshin.)

Monday, Saturday and Sunday
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. hosted by Koge
Chanting (download Sutra Book), 40 minutes of zazen. (Note: meetings not held during sesshin.)

Sittings at Syracuse University

The Zen Center of Syracuse and the Syracuse University Student Buddhist Association together offer meditation at Syracuse University. All sittings are held at Hendricks Chapel in the small chapel in the basement unless otherwise noted.  Each includes instruction and discussion, with half an hour of meditation.

These sittings are offered daily, except for days when Syracuse University is closed (generally, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday following, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve).

All are welcome to attend -- you do not need to be affiliated with Syracuse University to join us!

Monday 11:30am, Main Chapel
Monday 2:20pm, Main Chapel
Tuesday 8:30am, Small Chapel
Wednesday 11:00am, Main Chapel and Zoom
Wednesday 12:00pm, Zoom
Wednesday 12:00pm, Small Chapel (Pure Land Chanting)
Wednesday 5:30pm, Zoom
Thursday 2pm, Main Chapel and Zoom
Friday 2pm, Small Chapel

Co-sponsored by the Student Buddhist Association and the Zen Center of Syracuse

For more info, contact the Buddhist Chaplain, JoAnn Cooke, at