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Sun, May 29, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Shinge Roshi will be offering in-person dokusan at Hoen-ji after morning service this Sunday, May 29, for Sangha members who are fully vaccinated with boosters, follow our current Covid...
Sat, Jul 2, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sat, Jul 9, 2022 - 1:00pm
It took absolute trust in Dharma, great determination and an endless vow to bring this monastery into existence. This Dai Bosatsu spirit has inspired generations of Zen students to come to DBZ, and...
Thu, Jul 28, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jul 31, 2022 - 5:00pm
Summer at the Zen Center of Syracuse — the myriad shades of green, the wildlife browsing along Onondaga Creek as we do outdoor kinhin — is a wondrous time for opening the heart. Led by Shinge Roshi,...
Sun, Aug 7, 2022 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi will give inka shomei, Dharma transmission, to Hokuto Nando Daniel Diffin Sensei in a special ceremony, which has been rescheduled due to Hokuto Sensei’s recent...
Fri, Aug 12, 2022 - 6:00pm - Sun, Aug 14, 2022 - 11:30am
Join us for this beautiful and moving in-person ceremony where we honor our ancestors, family members and other loved ones who have passed away, as well as the hungry ghosts within and outside us....

Ongoing programs

Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Via Zoom on the Sunday closest to the 21st of the month
Online Yoga Sundays 1-2:30 pm
Dharma Kids Periodic Sundays, 10:00am to 11:30am.
Tibetan Practice Saturdays, 10am - 11:30am
Tibetan Dharma Study First Saturday of every month
Online Dharma Study Every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
Online Introduction to Zen Meditation Every Wednesday at 7pm
Online Engaged Buddhism Discussion and study groups


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.

Sesshins are currently being held online. Please see Progam & Events for the next upcoming online sesshins.