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Sat, Apr 19, 2014 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Working in community is a special experience. Please come this Saturday anytime between 10am-4pm to work side-by-side with others as we care for our precious temple grounds. We will focus on outdoor work (much needed winter cleanup and sesshin prep) but there are indoor tasks as well, in case the weather does not cooperate. Please write to Jikyo ( to RSVP.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Meditators are welcome to join this sit-in at the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge in Rochester. Plastic inflatable cushions and mats will be provided; feel free to bring your favorite gear for meditations and/or signage. Those who are interested in this issue but have no experience meditating are welcome to join in silent witness, attention, and sending healing to this dear river, the 32nd most polluted in the nation. For more information, please contact
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 27, 2014 - 5:00pm
Registration is now open. To register, either: Register online Fill out the attached registration form and email it to
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Did you know that more than 5 million kids die annually from hunger, malnutrition, and hunger-related illnesses? Or that the nation’s most severe hunger-related problems exist right here in New York State?
Fri, May 16, 2014 - 12:00am - Sun, Jun 1, 2014 - 12:00am
Late this spring, Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin, a long-time sangha member of Hoen-ji and Dai Bosatsu Zendo, will lead a tour of Japan. A message from Nyogetsu contains detailed information below. Dear Sir/Madam, Let me introduce myself. My name is Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin, and I have been a Shakuhachi teacher/performer for the past 41 years. The Shakuhachi is the only melodic instrument used in Zen Buddhism.
Sun, May 18, 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. 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.
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jul 27, 2014 - 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 Various Sundays, 9:45am to 11am. Click to see schedule.
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 Hoen-ji and nine times a year at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji. During sesshin, frequent dokusan and daily teisho are offered, in addition to a rigorous schedule of sitting, chanting, work practice, and formal meals.


Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin (3 days) Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin (3 days) Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin (3 days) Zen Center of Syracuse