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Fri, Nov 7, 2014 - 12:00am - Sun, Nov 9, 2014 - 11:59pm
The Vajracchedika Prajñaparamita Sutra (Diamond Sutra) is an early Mahayana “Perfection of Wisdom” text and is one of the most influential works in the Zen tradition. Join us for a weekend of study and practice, bringing scholarship and first-hand experience together. Eminent scholars Kendo Harold Roth (Brown University) and Victor Sogen Hori (McGill University) will be presenting, supported by Dokuro Osho, the abbot of Charles River Zen.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A conversation between Rev. William Redfield and Shinge Roshi Sherry Chayat The Rev. William Redfield
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Please join us for our November commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting begins at 7pm in the zendo and is followed by a joyous celebration with light refreshments in the Forman House.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 - 8:50am - 5:00pm
What could be better than a day of nurturing in an oasis of calm? This retreat will be led by long-time Zen practitioner and psychotherapist Nikyu Robert Strickland, authorized as a Dharma Teacher by Zen Center Abbot Shinge Sherry Chayat Roshi.
Sun, Nov 23, 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, 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.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us for our December commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Chanting begins at 9am in the zendo during Morning Service.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 - 12:00am - Sat, Feb 28, 2015 - 11:59pm
In late spring of 2015, Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin, a long-time sangha member of Hoen-ji and Dai Bosatsu Zendo, will lead a tour of Japan, as he has done for many years. The 2015 trip will take place from May 17 - June 1st 2015.  Those wishing to attend should contact Nyogetsu by February 28th 2015 with a deposit of 50% of the cost of the trip ($1,750, which is 100% refundable until April 15th) in order to hold your place. The full price of the trip is $3,500 and includes:
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 11, 2015 - 5:00pm
This sesshin is not yet open for registration.
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 26, 2015 - 5:00pm
This sesshin is not yet open for registration.

Ongoing programs

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
Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
Tibetan Service Saturdays, 10am - 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

Current and Upcoming Courses

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 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.


Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin Jan 9 to Jan 11, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 23 to Apr 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 23 to Jul 26, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 15 to Oct 18, Zen Center of Syracuse