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Zen Center Celebrates 20 Years in Home of Syracuse Founder



The Abbot and Board of Trustees of the Zen Center of Syracuse cordially invite you to join us to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of the establishment of our home at the historic Joshua Forman House property 266 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York, and to support the renovation of our residence hall kitchen. Read more »

Sat, Oct 15, 2016 - 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Mortgage Burning Celebration, Potluck, and Annual Sangha Meeting

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Please join us after regular (dokusan) Sunday morning service for a vegetarian potluck and celebration. The ceremony will include a telling of the history of the Hoen-ji sangha. From 2:00-2:30pm, we will have the Zen Center annual meeting; cake and socializing will follow.

Sun, Jun 23, 2013 - 1:00pm - 7:30pm

Forman House Plaque Dedication

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Please join us on February 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Zen Center of Syracuse for the dedication of a historic plaque celebrating the 1810 residence of Joshua Forman, first President of the Village of Syracuse.  The house has been lovingly restored by the Zen Center since 1996, when it acquired the property at 266 West Seneca Turnpike.

The plaque was made possible through a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and Mr. Pomeroy will be present at the dedication ceremony.  A short reception will follow. Read more »

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 - 9:30pm - 10:30pm



In 1972 a small group of graduate students at Syracuse University began meditating together once a week. Interest in zazen increased when the Venerable Eido Tai Shimano Roshi, then abbot of the Zen Studies Society's International Dai Bosatsu Zendo in the Catskill Mountains and New York Zendo Shobo-ji in New York City, was invited to lecture at the university by religion department professor Richard Pilgrim. Read more »

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