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Thu, Aug 21, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us for our August commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Mandala Day will be celebrated during our Thursday night service, 6-8pm. Please wear white socks or tabi.  The Jukai class will meet after the first sitting.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 - 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. 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, Sep 16, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This talk by visiting Lama Namdrol is free and open to the public.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sun, Sep 28, 2014 - 7:00pm
The Zen Center of Syracuse is partnering with the CNY Medicine Buddha Prayer Society, Syracuse University’s Student Buddhist Association, and other local organizations to bring Lama Namdrol from Singapore to our area for the last two weeks of September. He will be offering a series of teachings and empowerments during that time.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Refreshments will be served.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 - 6:00pm - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 - 4:30pm
Friday, September 19th, 6:00pm:  What is Tantra? Saturday, September 20th, 9:00am – 4:30pm: Medicine Buddha Blessing with teachings and meditation instruction.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Please join us for a special Mandala Day celebrated during our regular Sunday Morning Service and immediately followed by Lama Namdrol Rinpoche's talk.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 - 10:30pm - 11:30pm
This talk by visiting Lama Namdrol will take place during regularly scheduled Sunday Morning Service.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Lama Namdrol will introduce the film and offer a Q&A session with viewers following the film.

Ongoing programs

Yoga Friday 5:30 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm
Dharma Study One Sunday a month, 7 - 9 pm.
Dokusan During Zazen, 2nd and 4th weeks of every month
Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
Tibetan Service Saturdays, 10am - 11am
Dharma Kids Various Sundays, 9:45am to 11am.
Tibetan Dharma Study Monthly, periodic Saturdays at 11:00am
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

Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
This course in the cultivation of mindfulness 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, October 25, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
This five-part course explores basic questions about Buddhist teachings and practice.
Course begins Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 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 Hoen-ji and nine times a year at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji. During sesshin, frequent dokusan and daily teisho are offered, in addition to a rigorous schedule of sitting, chanting, work practice, and formal meals.


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