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Events

Sun, Jan 22, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us for our January 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.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 - 9:00am - Sun, Jan 29, 2017 - 6:00pm
We will be in sesshin (silent meditation retreat) Thursday 1/26 - Sunday 1/29, so our regular practice schedule will not be taking place. We will resume our schedule on Monday, 1/30. This includes Tibetan service, which will resume on Saturday, 2/4.
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
Registration for sesshin is now open. The registration deadline for Sesshin is Jan 12. Please register early if you are planning on attending. Sesshin scheduling and meal planning is very involved, so your early registration is extremely helpful! To register, either:
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
This Sunday we will be celebrating Parinirvana Day, the Buddha's transition into Nirvana and complete freedom from suffering and the cycle of birth and death. Please come join us for this most special celebration, which will occur in lieu of regular Morning Service chanting, and bring white socks or tabi (shinigi for ordained). Zazen will follow at 10:00am.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 - 7:00pm - Sun, Mar 12, 2017 - 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.
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 - 12:00am - Sun, Feb 19, 2017 - 11:59pm
CONTACT Hotline is seeking volunteers to respond to callers who are experiencing life challenges, as we heard in the informational presentation by Kristine Knutson at the Zen Center last fall. Hotline training in listening skills, crisis and suicide risk assessment, and emergency intervention will be offered the weekend of February 17-19.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us for our February 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.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 - 11:00am - 1:30pm
Please join us for a memorial service and Gathering in honor of Huston Smith, who passed away December 30 at the age of 97. His book, The Religions of Man, later revised and retitled The World’s Religions, “is the most important book in comparative religious studies ever,” as Professor Stephen Prothero of Boston University put it. A 49-day Memorial Service will take place Sunday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Zen Center, followed by a 12:30 luncheon and colloquium in the Hall of Languages at Syracuse Univesity.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us Sunday, March 12th at a commemoration service for Shinge Roshi's Dharma grandfather, Soen Nakagawa Roshi, in lieu of morning service.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us for our March 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.

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 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
Tibetan Dharma Study First Saturday of every month

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 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, January 18, 2017 - 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

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.

2017

Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin Jan 26 to Jan 29, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Holy Days Sesshin Apr 1 to Apr 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 13 to Apr 16, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Nyogen Senzaki Sesshin May 6 to May 11, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Anniversary Sesshin Jul 1 to Jul 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 20 to Jul 23, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 23 to Sep 28, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 19 to Oct 22, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Oct 28 to Nov 4, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo