Dharma Talks

Dharma Talks by Shinge Roshi are available in audio or video format.

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Renowned novelist Ruth Ozeki and Shinge Roshi held a dynamic and wide-ranging discussion about the intersection of Zen practice and creativity.

Ozeki read excerpts from her new novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, which was recently named to the long list for the 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction.

The online webinar was attended by more than 80 practitioners and Dharma friends. Ozeki’s last novel, A Tale for the Time Being, was a 2013 Booker Prize finalist.

Alok Hsu Kwang-Han is a Chinese painter and Zen practitioner who specializes in calligraphic paintings based on such koans as "Joshu’s MU" and "Hyakujo and the Fox."

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, Alok created a Zen calligraphic energy portrait of Shinge Roshi, surrounded by the Hoen-ji Sangha, for her 70th birthday (Oct. 2). "We will look at it together and see what it reveals about her being in our midst," Alok said. The painting was sent to Shanghai and mounted on a Chinese silk scroll.

This video is the creation of that energy portrait.

On January 1, 2011, Shinge Roshi, Roko Sherry Chayat was installed as abbot of Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji Buddhist monastery in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

On September 21-23, 2012, relics of the Buddha and other Buddhist masters were hosted at the Zen Center of Syracuse.  Small placards accompanied each of the relics with the name of the master and the inscription "most extremely precious one."  Throughout the weekend, hundreds of people came to pay homage and sit with these bright and beautiful precious ones -- embodiments of loving kindness.  May we continue loving kindness now and throughout all the ages. 

Students Austin Smith and Michelle Revoir, both military journalists taking a course at the Military Visual Journalism Program at Newhouse, Syracuse University, produced this story on the Zen Center's wellness programs.

Dharma Connection

The Dharma Connection, a collection of poetry, letters, articles and other works by our extended sangha was published annually in print form for many years. Digital versions of back issues are available below.

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