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Thu, Sep 27, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
The 9th annual Interfaith Works Dinner Dialogues will be on Thursday, September 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Interfaith Works Dinner Dialogues provide a space where people can learn about the...
Fri, Sep 28, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Back by popular demand! Join us in the Forman House to watch the film Enlightenment Guaranteed, a film by Doris Dörrie. Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a...
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
On Sunday, September 30, to celebrate Shinge Roshi's birthday, Andy Hassinger is offering a catered luncheon in the Forman House at 12:30 p.m. (after morning service and zazen). Please RSVP...
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 - 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,...
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 18, 2018 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 21, 2018 - 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...
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 20, 2019 - 5:00pm

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 - 11:30am
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 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 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 26, 2018 - 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.


Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 18 to Oct 21, Zen Center of Syracuse


Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin Jan 17 to Jan 20, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 25 to Apr 28, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 25 to Jul 28, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 17 to Oct 20, Zen Center of Syracuse