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Mon, Aug 1, 2016 - 1:08am - Thu, Sep 1, 2016 - 12:00am
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 - 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 7:00 pm by meeting in the Carriage House Zendo for a half hour of zazen before moving over to the Forman House.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Join us for a Saturday afternoon retreat at the Zen Center of Syracuse. This retreat will be led by long-time Zen practitioner and psychotherapist Nikyu Robert Strickland, authorized as a Dharma Teacher by Zen Center Abbot Shinge Sherry Chayat Roshi.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us for Mandala Day, our commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Mandala Day will be celebrated during Thursday's evening service. Chanting and sitting are from 6-8pm in the zendo; we look forward to seeing you there!
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
InterFaith Works' Dinner Dialogues are hosted at various local host residences in and around Syracuse.
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 - 12:00am - Sat, Oct 1, 2016 - 12:00am
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 - 1:00pm - 7:00pm
  The Abbot and Board of Trustees of the Zen Center of Syracuse cordially invite you to join us to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of the establishment of our home at the historic Joshua Forman House property 266 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York, and to support the renovation of our residence hall kitchen. RSVP by September 21. Program
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
Come for this very special sesshin as we celebrate 20 years at the Joshua Forman House property. The registration deadline for Sesshin is Oct 6. 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:
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 (All day)
We are now undertaking a small Capital Campaign to renovate the Residence Kitchen, which has sorely needed a more efficient layout and new appliances for many years. A generous Dharma Friend has offered a $20,000 matching gift for this special undertaking.
DBZ Harvest Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, Nov 6, 2016 - 12:00am

Ongoing programs

Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
Yoga Friday 5:30 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm
Dharma Kids One to Two Sundays a Month, 10:15am 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

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
How often are we really present for what is happening in any one moment? Distractibility interferes with our ability to listen, to focus, to respond, and to feel fully alive. This course in the cultivation of attention without tension is offered regularly at the Zen Center (about two times a year), and is taught by Shinge Roshi, Roko Sherry Chayat. Five evening classes include meditation instruction and practice, group discussion, and light refreshments. Fee: $125, Students: $85.
Course begins Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 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 24 to Oct 1, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Nov 1 to Nov 6, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo