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Sun, Dec 13, 2015 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
The Zen Center of Syracuse Board of Trustees will meet in the Forman House on Sunday, Dec 13 at 3:30pm. All Zen Center members are welcome to observe the meeting.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Introductory Meditation Mini-Retreat Registration Led by Zen Center Dharma Teachers Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz and Jisho Judy Fancher Join us on a Saturday afternoon for a mini-retreat at the Zen Center of Syracuse.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Please join us for our December 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, Dec 20, 2015 - 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.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, Jan 17, 2016 - 12:00am
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
NYC March-On Sesshin at New York Zendo
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, Mar 13, 2016 - 12:00am
DBZ Holy Days Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 - 12:00am - Sat, Apr 9, 2016 - 12:00am
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 17, 2016 - 5:00pm
Tue, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am - Sun, May 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Ongoing programs

Yoga Friday 5:30 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm
Dharma Kids First and Third Sundays, 10:15am to 11:30am.
Dokusan During Zazen, 2nd and 4th weeks of every month
Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
Tibetan Service Saturdays, 10am - 11am
Dharma Study One Sunday a month, 7 - 9 pm.
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
Yoga and Zen Tuesdays, 6-7pm

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 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.


DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Nov 30 to Dec 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo


NYC Martin Luther King Jr. Sesshin Jan 15 to Jan 17, New York Zendo
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin Jan 21 to Jan 24, Zen Center of Syracuse
NYC March-On Sesshin Mar 11 to Mar 13, New York Zendo
DBZ Holy Days Sesshin Apr 2 to Apr 9, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 14 to Apr 17, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Five-Day Nyogen Senzaki Sesshin May 3 to May 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
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