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Tue, Oct 1, 2019 - 6:00pm - Tue, Nov 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
The Zen Center’s three-level Student Training Program is designed to help you deepen your practice and develop your understanding of Zen training and its application to the challenges of our personal...
Tue, Nov 19, 2019 - 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Please join us for the conclusion of the fall Student Training Program.  All sangha members and family are welcome.
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us for the commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting begins at 6 pm in the Zendo. Please wear tabi or clean white socks for the...
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 23, 2020 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 26, 2020 - 5:00pm
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Apr 23, 2020 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 26, 2020 - 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
AA Meeting with Meditation Mondays in the Forman House, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Virtual Dharma Study Every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Shinge Sherry Chayat Roshi, abbot of the Zen Center of Syracuse, will once again offer Deep Presence, a five-week course in the cultivation of inner stillness and clear insight. The dates are Tuesday evenings January 28 through February 25, 2020, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Course begins Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 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 Winter Sesshin Jan 23 to Jan 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 23 to Apr 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 30 to Aug 2, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Fall Anniversary Sesshin Oct 22 to Oct 25, Zen Center of Syracuse