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Tue, Jul 21, 2015 - 9:06pm - Mon, Aug 24, 2015 - 11:59pm
We are having a gorgeous summer filled with Open Space guest weekends ranging from yoga to reiki, as well as our own O-Bon Ceremony (August 1-2) and Family Weekend (August 21-23), and we welcome volunteers with open arms! There's a lot to do, working alongside our residents and student interns, so please come and help during this Interim work-exchange period. The daily schedule (except for rest days):
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
On August 6, 1945, the U.S. government dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, followed three days later by the bombing of Nagasaki, killing almost 200,000 innocent people. Join Syracuse’s annual Hiroshima commemoration and join with people around the world to remember the injustice and commit to a world without war on this 70th anniversary of the most concentrated act of terrorism in world history. We often partner with the Syracuse Peace Council and Peace Action on events, and plan to do so for this March, which begins at Clinton Square, and ends at the Everson Museum.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:59pm
The 2015 Dharma Connection, the Zen Center's annual journal, will be published again this fall. We're looking for your contributions, including reflections on practice, poems, photographs, drawings and cartoons, as well as announcements of births, marriages, deaths, awards, and career milestones.
Sun, Aug 9, 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 Book of Rinzai. 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.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us for Mandala Day, our commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of interconnection with all beings. Mandala Day will be celebrated during Thursday's evening service, August 20 (rather than the 21st) since many of our residents will be away helping with DBZ's Famliy Weekend. Chanting and sitting is from 6-8pm in the zendo; we look forward to seeing you there!
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 - 3:00pm - Sun, Aug 23, 2015 - 3:00pm
This is the Year of the Sheep, and DBZ has invited West Coast fiber/installation artist Mandy Greer for a two-week artist's residency at DBZ that will culminate with Family Weekend. She will lead the creation of a participatory fiber-based environmental installation using old clothes and wool sourced from ethically run sheep farms (click here to read more about this project). There will be an open house from 1 to 5 p.m.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Click here to RSVP and receive directions to the picnic location. ZCS's annual sangha meeting will be preceded by an informal gathering. A generous sangha member has agreed to host this event. A Japanese garden and tea house, a walking trail, a basketball hoop, and an in-ground pool will surely create a day of fun and relaxation for the whole family. Please bring a dish to share.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
  Now through September 8 is the time to register for the Interfaith Dialogue Dinners, which will take place on September 17, organized by Interfaith Works. I have been involved with this event for a few years now and it’s with great enthusiasm that I recommend it. Every year I’ve participated has been different, but always interesting, and mostly fun. It is a wonderful way to learn from others, meet new people, spread understanding, and, of course, eat good food.
DBZ Golden Wind Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sat, Oct 3, 2015 - 11:00am
Shinge Roshi will offer sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Dai Bosatsu Zendo is located in the Catskill Mountains at 223 Beecher Lake Road in Livingston Manor, NY 12758
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 18, 2015 - 5:00pm
This sesshin is not yet open for registration.

Ongoing programs

Tibetan Dharma Study Monthly, periodic Saturdays at 11:00am
Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Monthly on the 21st
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
Tibetan Service Saturdays, 10am - 11am
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


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 Golden Wind Sesshin Sep 26 to Oct 3, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 15 to Oct 18, Zen Center of Syracuse
DBZ Harvest Sesshin Nov 3 to Nov 7, Dai Bosatsu Zendo
DBZ Rohatsu Sesshin Dec 30 to Jan 8, Dai Bosatsu Zendo