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Events

Course begins Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 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 Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
This five-part course explores basic questions about Buddhist teachings and practice.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 - 9:00pm - Tue, Mar 31, 2015 - 11:59pm
Zen Center friends and members, The following opportunity comes through us to ACTS (Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse), of which the Zen Center is a member. Please consider taking this short survey to benefit our community.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 - 10:09pm - Thu, Apr 2, 2015 - 11:59pm
Dear Sangha and Friends, This year, we have agreed to work with a second farm CSA that offers organic foods not offered by Early Morning Farms. A description and letter can be found here. As noted, they offer options like eggs, bread, fruit, dairy, pickles, herbs, and other products.  The deliveries will be made on the same day, around the same time, as Early Morning Farms deliveries. Please note that even though Good Life Farm sells meat, no meat can be delivered to the Zen Center of Syracuse pickup site. 
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 - 10:00am - Sun, Jul 12, 2015 - 11:59pm
The 2015 Dharma Connection, the Zen Center's annual journal, will be published again this fall. We're looking for your contributions, including reflections on practice, poems, photographs, drawings and cartoons, as well as announcements of births, marriages, deaths, awards, and career milestones.
DBZ Holy Days Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 12, 2015 - 11:00am
Shinge Roshi will offer sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Dai Bosatsu Zendo is located in the Catskill Mountains at 223 Beecher Lake Road in Livingston Manor, NY 12758
Sun, Apr 12, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 - 10:00am - Sun, Apr 19, 2015 - 2:00pm
During this weekend, we will be introduced to the Buddhist practice of Red Tara, the feminine principle of enlightened wisdom and compassion. Lama Padma Gyatso will present the foundations of this practice, which will train our minds in how to work with emotions as a spiritual path in the midst of our daily lives. Experienced practitioners and newcomers welcome! For more information, please contact Syracusesanghart@Gmail.com  
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 - 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 Book of Rinzai, which is available for purchase in our store. 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.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Please join us for our April commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting is from 7-8pm in the zendo; an informal tea and discussion will follow at 8pm in the Forman House.

Ongoing programs

Tibetan Dharma Study Monthly, periodic Saturdays at 11:00am
Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
Yoga Friday 5:30 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm
Dharma Kids First and Third Sundays, 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
Basic Buddhism Course exploring Buddhist teachings and practice
Conscious Stress Reduction Course teaching resilience through meditation and mindfulness training

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 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 Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
This five-part course explores basic questions about Buddhist teachings and practice.

Sesshin

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.

2015

DBZ Holy Days Sesshin Apr 5 to Apr 12, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 23 to Apr 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Nyogen Senzaki Sesshin May 5 to May 10, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Anniversary Sesshin Jun 27 to Jul 5, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 23 to Jul 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 26 to Oct 3, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 15 to Oct 18, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Nov 3 to Nov 7, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Dec 30 to Jan 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo