Meditation Sitting Schedule


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Sunday 9am - Noon Chanting, zazen ^ ~
Monday 7am - 7:45am Short chanting service, zazen
Tuesday 8:30am - 9:30am Zazen * --
Wednesday 6am - 7:45am Chanting service, zazen
Thursday 7am - 7:45am Short chanting service, zazen
  6:00pm - 8pm Short chanting service, zazen * +
Saturday 10:00am - 11:00am Tibetan service and meditation


* Dokusan offered on the second and fourth weeks of each month.

^ Teisho offered on first, third and fifth weeks of each month.

~  Refreshments and informal discussion offered after service 

--  Volunteer staff meeting after service 

+ Tea and discussion offered at 7:30 on the first Thursday of each month.


Rohatsu Sittings and Schedule

When Shakyamuni Buddha resolved to realize the end to old age, sickness and death, he sat beneath a Bodhi tree and did not rise until finally, at dawn on December the 8th, a glimmering star caused him to awaken to his own true nature.  The enlightenment of Shakyamuni is commemorated around the world by eight days of sesshin, during which particpants sit longer and longer each night, recognizing the unshakable faith and determination of Shakyamuni.

Though many may not be able to attend Rohatsu Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, the Zen Center of Syracuse is pleased to offer an intensified schedule of zazen from November 30th through December 8th.  Sitting with each other, we not only commemorate Shakyamuni's great struggle and enlightenment, but we also offer our silent support for those sitting Rohatsu Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Zendo and around the globe.

Please join us as much as you are able.

Thursday, Nov. 30 6-8pm Opening Rohatsu, Han, Zazen
Friday, Dec. 1 7-7:45am Zazen
  6-8pm Rohatsu Exhortations, Zazen
Saturday, Dec. 2 7-7:45am Zazen
  6-8pm Rohatsu Exhortations, Zazen
Sunday, Dec. 3 9am-11:30am Regular Morning Service
  6-8pm Rohatsu Exhortations, Zazen
Monday, Dec 4 7-7:45am Zazen
  6-8pm Rohatsu Exhortations, Zazen
Tuesday, Dec 5 7-7:45am Zazen
  8:30-9:30am Regular Tue morning service
  6-8pm Rohatsu Exhortations, Zazen
Wednesday, Dec. 6 7-7:45am Zazen
  6-8pm Rohatsu Exhortations, Zazen
Thursday, Dec. 7 7-7:45am Zazen
  6-8pm Rohatsu Exhortations, Zazen (Optional unstructured all night sitting)
Friday, Dec 8 7-7:45am Includes Jo Do E chanting, Han
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 - 6:00pm - Fri, Dec 8, 2017 - 8:00am
Carriage House Zendo
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Zendo Procedure

Welcome! Our zendo is open to all. Please click here if this is your first visit. Below are some brief guidelines.

  • Arrive early. Allow time to make the transition to the dynamic stillness of the zendo.
  • Avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, or other fragrances.
  • Remove watches and noisy jewelry before entering the zendo.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Leave any valuables in the changing room, not in the zendo foyer.
  • Attire should be clean, dignified and restrained - no shorts, tank tops, distracting patterns and colors, or skin-tight clothing.
  • If you bring food to the Zen Center at any time, be sure it's vegetarian.
  • Observe silence. Moving during zazen not only disturbs others, it hinders your own concentration, creating even more discomfort.
  • Participate! You will find the more you give of yourself, the more your understanding will deepen.

Sittings at Syracuse University

The Zen Center of Syracuse and the Syracuse University Student Buddhist Association together offer meditation at Syracuse University. All sittings are held at Hendricks Chapel in the small chapel in the basement unless otherwise noted.  Each includes instruction and discussion, with half an hour of meditation.

These sittings are offered daily, except for days when Syracuse University is closed (generally, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday following, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve).

All are welcome to attend -- you do not need to be affiliated with Syracuse University to join us!

Monday 12-1pm, 5-6pm
Tuesday 12-1pm
Wednesday 1-2pm, 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday 5-6pm
Friday 12-1pm

Co-sponsored by the Student Buddhist Association and the Zen Center of Syracuse