Fall 2019 Sesshin Application

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 17 through 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct 20

Full-time participants fee: $200 for members, $250 for non-members
Part-time participants fee: $70 per day (members), $85 per day (non-members)

Full payment is due by Oct 3.

Full-time attendance is strongly encouraged. On a space-available basis, part-time applications will be accepted. We need applications from every student for each sesshin.

If you have attended sesshin with us before, you only need to fill out your name, e-mail address and relevant information for this sesshin.

Jihatsu sets (traditional monastery bowls) with wrappings are available for about $70. You may borrow a set during sesshin or buy your own from Dai Bosatsu Zendo (DBZ) and take them home for future use. To arrange purchase, call DBZ at (845) 439-4566. Please let us know early if you wish to purchase them rather than borrowing from Hoen-ji.

Once you submit your application, you can pay your sesshin fee online using your credit/debit card or your PayPal account. Alternatively, you can print off the confirmation page, attach a check, and either mail it to the Zen Center of Syracuse.

Please complete the application below
First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Dharma Name
(if any)
Mailing Address
Home Phone
Work Phone

Are you attending full-time? (encouraged)
If not, list the specific days you are coming
Accommodations: will you sleep at the Zen Center, use a tent, or commute from home?

If using a tent, please bring your own tent and set your tent up behind the Residence Hall well before 7 p.m. on Wednesday. If commuting from home, be sure to be at the Zen Center by 5:15 a.m. daily.
Jihatsu bowls: will you purchase, borrow, or already have your own?
Are you willing to bring some sesshin food?
(If so, the tenzo will contact you)
Do you need a chair?
If so, for some sittings, or all?
When did you begin practicing at Hoen-ji?
Please note: If you have never sat at the Zen Center of Syracuse before, you will be contacted by someone from Hoen-ji after you submit your application. Please do not pay for sesshin before then.
If you have received precepts, when?
If you have done sesshin or other retreats elsewhere, please briefly note where and when?
Any dietary restrictions? (All meals are vegetarian; dairy products offered separately)
Any health issues we should know about?

Additional information: (Note: you will receive a copy of this in an email after you submit your form.) When you arrive, park your car as close as possible to the car just before yours. Keep it locked. If you plan to stay over at the Zen Center, bring your own sleeping bag, mat, pillow, towel and overnight bag. If you donít have a zazen robe, dress in dark, loose, comfortable, clean clothing without patterns or words. Donít wear jewelry or watches in the zendo. No fragrances of any kind, please. Be sure your clothes do not have residue of perfume or cologne. If you have a cat, bring clothing that is free of cat dander. Everyone will need slip-on shoes for walking to and from the Dharma Hall for dokusan and the Residence Hall for meals.