Zendo Procedure

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

Before coming to the Zendo

Sit-In over the Genesee River

Meditators are welcome to join this sit-in at the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge in Rochester. Plastic inflatable cushions and mats will be provided; feel free to bring your favorite gear for meditations and/or signage. Those who are interested in this issue but have no experience meditating are welcome to join in silent witness, attention, and sending healing to this dear river, the 32nd most polluted in the nation. For more information, please contact

Tue, Apr 22, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

In-Person Meditation Schedule

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If you plan to visit in person, please be sure to review the Zen Center's Covid protocols. Read more »


Two Day Mind Training Retreat with Achok Rinpoche

All are welcome to Achok Rinpoche’s first retreat at the Zen Center of Syracuse.  Please join us for any part of the schedule.

  • Friday, November 30th 7-9pm
  • Saturday, December 1st 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, December 2nd 9am-12pm

Minimums donation: $25

For more information and to register, contact Myoko Jennifer Waters via e-mail at or phone at (315) 247-8613.

Sat, Dec 1, 2012 - 12:00am - Sun, Dec 2, 2012 - 5:00pm

Registration for Conscious Stress Reduction Course

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Learn to reduce stress through meditation and mindfulness training, yoga and stretching, body awareness and visualization, and methods of integrating change into daily life. The training helps with daily stress of many types, high blood pressure, chronic pain, and major life-changing situations. Two additional individual sessions may be scheduled to set specific goals and respond to individual needs. Read more »

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 - 4:00pm

Parinirvana Day All Day Sitting

Dear Sangha,

I know we all continue to feel the transformative power of our great winter sesshin. Now let’s continue it with a special Parinirvana All-Day Sitting February 16, followed by Dharma Study that evening (note change from February 9).

Please join us at 9 a.m. that Sunday for the Parinirvana Ceremony, which commemorates the final passing into Nirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. Bring white socks or tabi; ordained, shinigi. Read more »

Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 9:00am - 9:00pm

Meditation for Change

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The Zen Center of Syracuse is participating in a worldwide meditation event called Meditation for Change. In honor of Veterans' Day we would like to invite you to come sit with us along the theme of Heal Yourself. Heal the Earth. Read more »

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

"Meditate and Destroy" with Noah Levine

Noah, the son of a well-known Buddhist teacher, rebelled against his upbringing and became an anger filled, drugged out punk rocker in his youth.  He was arrested several times for destruction of property, possession of illegal substances, and armed robbery.  Faced with possibility of doing serious jail time, Noah gave in and decided it was time to try meditation.  Read more »

Tue, Nov 2, 2010 - 11:00pm - Wed, Nov 3, 2010 - 1:00am

Tibetan Practice

Domo Geshe

The Dunkar Sangha, in the Tibetan Gelugpa lineage, meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. The Dharma Study  group meets the first Saturday at 11 a.m. Either in person or online, depending on pandemic conditions.  To inquire, call Andy, (315) 559-2785. Read more »

Saturdays, 10am - 11:30am

Community Meditation Programs

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Worksite Wellness: Good for You and for Your Business

Many businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, and health care providers have experienced benefits from developing on-site wellness programs.

Instructors from our Zen Wellness Programs bring the basics of meditation & mindful wellness on-site to organizations, throughout Syracuse. Read more »

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