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Sun, May 1, 2016 - 12:00am - Tue, Jun 7, 2016 - 12:00am
Still haven't signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that delivers to the Zen Center? Early Morning Farms is offering one free week of the CSA for those who sign up using the coupon code OneWeek. Early Morning Farm will deliver a small or large box (containing fresh, organic vegetables grown on their farm near Genoa) each week for the 2016 season.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sangha member Kelly Schalk is associated with Greyrock Farm, and invites Zen Center members and families to come for this farm tour at no cost. The farm brings inner city children there to experience farm life, exposing them to alternatives they might otherwise not come into contact with. If you are interested in carpooling, contact Jikyo (
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 - 10:15am - 11:30am
The next meeting of Dharma Kids will be on Sunday, June 5th. We will begin the program with a short period of zazen followed by chanting in the Forman House. Afterward we will explore the wooded area along Onondaga Creek and learn about the trees and plants that inhabit the Sangha Grove. We will collect some leaves and do leaf printing on T-shirts! (T-shirts provided). See you then! This will be the last Dharma Kids before our summer interim period.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 - 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, translated by Red Pine. 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.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us for our June commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting is from 9:00-10:00am in the Zendo in lieu of regular Morning Service. Zazen will follow at 10:00am.
DBZ 40th Anniversary Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 - 12:00am - Mon, Jul 4, 2016 - 12:00am
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 - 11:00am - Mon, Jul 4, 2016 - 6:00pm
On Sunday, July 3, 2016, the Zen Studies Society will commemorate 40 years since the formal opening of Dai Bosatsu Zendo and 60 years since the Zen Studies Society was established. The events of July 3 will begin with a chanting ceremony at 11 a.m. After a light buffet lunch, special guests will offer remarks, followed by musical performances. The day will conclude with a festive meal at 4:30 p.m.
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jul 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
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DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 - 12:00am - Sat, Oct 1, 2016 - 12:00am
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
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Ongoing programs

Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
Yoga Friday 5:30 pm and Sunday 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
Yoga and Zen Tuesdays, 6-7pm


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 40th Anniversary Sesshin Jun 26 to Jul 4, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 21 to Jul 24, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 24 to Oct 1, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 20 to Oct 23, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Nov 1 to Nov 6, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo