Spring All-day Sitting

Since so many people have told us that they will be away and/or holding family gatherings during the original dates for Spring Sesshin, April 13-16, which conflicts with Easter on April 16, we decided to replace it with an all-day sitting on Saturday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more »

Sat, Apr 15, 2017 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Come sit with Shihou-san Fuminori Tsukahara

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Come sit with Shihou-san Fuminori Tsukahara, a monk who trained years ago at Ryutaku-ji, and is now doing educational outreach to the West under the auspices of Noritake Roshi and Myoshin-ji, Kyoto.  He joined us last Rohatsu Sesshin at DBZ, and has visited there on two other occasions. Read more »

Mon, Sep 12, 2016 - 8:00am - Wed, Sep 14, 2016 - 8:00am

Introductory Meditation Mini-Retreat

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Join us for a Saturday afternoon retreat at the Zen Center of Syracuse.

This retreat will be led by long-time Zen practitioner and psychotherapist Nikyu Robert Strickland, authorized as a Dharma Teacher by Zen Center Abbot Shinge Sherry Chayat Roshi. Read more »

Sat, Sep 17, 2016 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm

All-Day Sit

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Registration for the All-Day Sit will be closed Thursday, Oct 3.

Please come to celebrate Roshi's 70th birthday at this All-Day Sit.

This day will include morning service, several periods of zazen and kinhin (sitting and walking meditation), a silent lunch, a period of work practice, and a teisho given by Shinge Roshi.

We are accepting full-time registrations. Part-time requests will be put on a waiting list. We are expecting a full zendo, so please register as soon as possible!

The schedule for the day is as follows: Read more »

Sun, Oct 6, 2013 - 1:00pm - 9:00pm

Online Introduction to Zen Meditation

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Join us on Zoom each Wednesday evening for an introduction to zen meditation. We will begin with half an hour of orientation on basic Buddhist teaching and meditation posture and technique. Then we will share two brief periods of meditation together before opening the floor to questions and informal discussion. This class is taught by Jika Lauren Melnikow of the Zen Center of Syracuse, Hoen-ji.

The class is $10 but no one is turned away.  If you are unable to pay, please contact us. Read more »

Every Wednesday at 7pm

Free Online Meditation Instruction for Beginners

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Hosted by the Onondaga County Public Library, let your family and friends know about this opportunity to learn meditation online.

Led by Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz, this free online class includes instruction in sitting meditation with an awareness of breath and posture, helping participants to enter into deep relaxation.

One Wednesday per month from October to December, noon to 1 p.m.

Sign up for one or all of the following sessions:

October 14 Read more »

Wed, Oct 14, 2020 - 12:00pm - Wed, Dec 9, 2020 - 12:00pm

AA Meeting with Meditation

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“If you want to give up the old
and you want to start anew
the energy is here to help you.”

Monday evenings, beginning March 5, 2018

Meditation from 5:30 to 6 pm, followed by closed meeting 6 to 7 pm.

Zen Center of Syracuse Joshua Forman House (main building)
266 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13207

Enter through the front door. For more information, call 315-559-2785

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). Read more »

Three times weekly

Zendo Procedure

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

Sit-In over the Genesee River

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

Tue, Apr 22, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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