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Sun, Aug 20, 2017 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm
ZCS's annual sangha meeting will be preceded by an informal gathering, hosted by a generous sangha member about an hour away from Syracuse on Sunday, August 20 from 1-6 p.m.. A Japanese garden and tea house, a walking trail, a basketball hoop, and an in-ground pool will surely create a day of fun and relaxation for the whole family. Please bring a dish to share. Click here to RSVP and receive directions to the picnic/annual meeting location.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 - 12:00pm - Sun, Aug 27, 2017 - 3:00pm
This year’s Family Weekend at DBZ, August 25-27, 2017, will feature clay workshops with award-winning ceramist Dairin Shawn McGuire and guided walks in the woods with Mary Spring, a certified forest manager.
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 - 12:00am - Thu, Sep 28, 2017 - 12:00am
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Please click here for more information on attending sesshin at the Zen Center of Syracuse.
DBZ Harvest Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 - 12:00am - Sat, Nov 4, 2017 - 12:00am
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 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
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