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Tue, Aug 26, 2014 - 12:00am - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 12:00am
ACTS (Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse) is a grassroots network advocating for social justice in Syracuse. It is an alliance of interfaith groups, community organizations and individuals that strives for a more just and fair community and to improve the quality of life for all Syracuse residents.
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.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 - 6:00pm - Sat, Sep 27, 2014 - 4:30pm
Friday, September 26th, 6:00pm:  “Realizing the Deity Within” Saturday, September 27th, 9:00am – 4:30pm:  Dzambhala Wealth Empowerment with teachings and meditation instruction.
Sun, Sep 28, 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. You are welcome to join in the Zen Center’s regular morning schedule of chanting, sitting, and walking meditation from 9 to 11:30 a.m. (if you are new, come at 8:30 for instruction, entering at the front of the main building, the Joshua Forman House). Wear loose, comfortable clothing without distracting colors or logos.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Advanced registration required; contact Babette at 315-682-0702 or e-mail
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for a very special First Thursday celebration of Shinge Roshi's birthday! As usual, zazen begins at 6:00pm in the Zendo (beginners please arrive at 5:30 for instruction). After two periods of zazen, we will meet for a joyous celebration with tea and light snacks in the Forman House at 7:30.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Zen Center of Syracuse Board of Trustees will meet in the Forman House; all Zen Center members are welcome to observe the meeting.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 - 12:00pm
The 2014 Dharma Connection, the Zen Center's annual journal, will be published soon. We're looking for your contributions, including reflections on practice, poems, photographs, drawings and cartoons, life passages (births, marriages, deaths), awards and career milestones. Please email contributions to
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
Registration is now open. To register, either: Register online Fill out the attached registration form and email it to
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.

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

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 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 Fall Sesshin Oct 16 to Oct 19, Zen Center of Syracuse


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