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Thu, Dec 20, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Join us Thursday evening for the commemoration of our ancestral teachers and celebration of spiritual interconnection with all beings. Chanting begins at 6 p.m. in the zendo. Please wear tabi or...
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 (All day)
Dear Students of the Way, I am now accepting applications for Jukai, the ceremony at which one is given the Buddhist precepts by one’s teacher. The deadline is December 21, 2018. Jukai will be held...
Tue, Dec 25, 2018 (All day)
There will be no services or sittings at the Zen Center on Christmas Day.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 - 9:00pm
Dear Sangha Members and Dharma Friends, It is because of you that we can continue our work at the Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji, and we are profoundly grateful. Your support of this remarkable place...
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 - 9:00pm - Tue, Jan 1, 2019 - 1:00am
Join us at the Zen Center of Syracuse to ring in the New Year! Click here to see the complete schedule and RSVP by 12/29
Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
Registration for sesshin is now open. The registration deadline for Sesshin is January 4. Please register early if you are planning on attending. Sesshin scheduling and meal planning is very involved...
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin at Zen Center of Syracuse
Thu, Apr 25, 2019 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

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 Periodic Sundays, 10:00am 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 - 11:30am
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 15, 2019 - 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.


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.


Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin Jan 17 to Jan 20, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Spring Sesshin Apr 25 to Apr 28, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin Jul 25 to Jul 28, Zen Center of Syracuse
Hoen-ji Fall Sesshin Oct 17 to Oct 20, Zen Center of Syracuse