Meditation Sitting Schedule


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Sunday 9am - Noon Chanting, zazen ^ ~
Monday 7am - 7:45am Short chanting service, zazen
Tuesday 8:30am - 9:30am Zazen * --
Wednesday 6am - 7:45am Chanting service, zazen
Thursday 7am - 7:45am Short chanting service, zazen
  6:00pm - 8pm Short chanting service, zazen * +
Saturday 10:00am - 11:00am Tibetan service and meditation


* Dokusan offered on the second and fourth weeks of each month.

^ Teisho offered on first, third and fifth weeks of each month.

~  Refreshments and informal discussion offered after service 

--  Volunteer staff meeting after service 

+ Tea and discussion offered at 7:30 on the first Thursday of each month.

Zendo Procedure

Welcome! Our zendo is open to all. Please click here if this is your first visit. Below are some brief guidelines.

  • Arrive early. Allow time to make the transition to the dynamic stillness of the zendo.
  • Avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, or other fragrances.
  • Remove watches and noisy jewelry before entering the zendo.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Leave any valuables in the changing room, not in the zendo foyer.
  • Attire should be clean, dignified and restrained - no shorts, tank tops, distracting patterns and colors, or skin-tight clothing.
  • If you bring food to the Zen Center at any time, be sure it's vegetarian.
  • Observe silence. Moving during zazen not only disturbs others, it hinders your own concentration, creating even more discomfort.
  • Participate! You will find the more you give of yourself, the more your understanding will deepen.

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 12-1pm, 5-6pm
Tuesday 12-1pm
Wednesday 1-2pm, 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday 5-6pm
Friday 12-1pm

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