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Tue, Sep 19, 2017 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Works by Cambodian composer Chinary Ung and Vietnamese composer and performer Vanessa Van-Ahn Vo, performed by guest artists Elissa Johnston and Kathleen Roland, sopranos, and the Society All-Stars, with Heather Buchman conducting. 
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us for the commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. The first sitting is from 6 to 6:45 pm followed by kinhin and then Mandala Day chanting at 7 pm. Please wear tabi or clean white socks for the ceremony.
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 - 12:00am - Thu, Sep 28, 2017 - 12:00am
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us for movie night at the Forman House! We will be showing the movie Paterson. See more information and the trailer for this charming film here.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Come celebrate Shinge Roshi’s birthday with pot-luck and cake after morning service Sunday, October 1 at noon at the Forman House. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. All are welcome! In lieu of personal gifts, Roshi would appreciate donations be made to the Zen Center. Donations in her honor can be made online by clicking the Donate button below, or by sending a check to: Zen Center of Syracuse 266 West Seneca Turnpike Syracuse, NY 13207-2639
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join poet David Whyte for an evening exploring the discipline of finding and asking the questions that help us re-imagine ourselves, our world and our part in it, questions that work to reshape our identities, helping us to become larger, more generous and more courageous; equal to the increasingly fierce invitations extended to us as we grow and mature.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Poetry writing, art, storytelling, and age-appropriate meditation and chanting help children learn about the basic practices of Buddhism and develop patience, compassion, and a sense of oneness with nature. Dharma Kids is open to the public and is for children ages 5 and up.  It will be offered on the following Sunday mornings at 10:00am:  Oct 8, Nov 5, and Dec 3. For more information about Dharma Kids, please visit our website.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Dharma friends from the Mindfulness Meditation Group in Liverpool, which practices in the Plum Village tradition, have arranged for a showing of a new film, Walk With Me: a Journey into Mindfulness featuring Thich Nhat Hanh, at the Regal Great Northern Cinema complex in Clay on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm.
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Registration for sesshin is now open. The registration deadline for Sesshin is Oct 5. Please register early if you are planning on attending. Sesshin scheduling and meal planning is very involved, so your early registration is extremely helpful! To register, either:
DBZ Harvest Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 - 12:00am - Sat, Nov 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dharma Study meets in the Joshua Forman House. The group, which includes Shinge Roshi and many students, is currently reading and discussing The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-Neng, translated by Red Pine. All are welcome, and no prior reading is necessary. We will begin Dharma Study at 7 pm by meeting in the Carriage House Zendo for a half hour of zazen before moving over to the Forman House.
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 - 12:00am - Fri, Dec 8, 2017 - 12:00am

Ongoing programs

Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day On the Thursday or Sunday closest to the 21st of the month
Yoga Fridays 5:30 pm, Sundays 1:00 pm
Dharma Kids Periodic Sundays, 10:00am to 11:30am.
Dharma Study One Sunday a month, 7 - 9 pm.
Dokusan During Zazen, 2nd and 4th weeks of every month
Tibetan Service Saturdays, 10am - 11am
Residential Training at Hoen-ji Resident program; On-going
Deep Presence Introduction to meditation course
Conscious Stress Reduction Course teaching resilience through meditation and mindfulness training
Tibetan Dharma Study First Saturday of every month

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn to develop resilience in the face of the demands and traumas of everyday life through meditation and mindfulness training, yoga and stretching and body awareness.


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.


DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 23 to Sep 28, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 19 to Oct 22, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Oct 28 to Nov 4, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo