Rohatsu Sesshin

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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, known as Rohatsu, during which participants sit longer and longer each night, recognizing the unshakable faith and determination of Shakyamuni. Read more »

Wed, Nov 30, 2022 - 7:00pm - Thu, Dec 8, 2022 - 8:00am

Harvest Sesshin at DBZ

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Clear and refocus your heart and mind amid the austere beauty of late autumn on Dai Bosatsu Mountain. As we sit together in deep silence in person and online, we will experience the profound stillness that inspires us to encounter our true nature.

Led by Shinge Roshi, this sesshin will include Jukai, in which students receive the Buddhist Precepts from their teacher.

If you have any questions, or if this will be your first sesshin at DBZ, please email us before registering. Read more »

Tue, Nov 8, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sun, Nov 13, 2022 - 5:00pm

Soen Shaku Sesshin at NYZ

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Join us in-person or online as Hokuto Osho leads this sesshin commemorating the life and teaching of the first Rinzai Zen master to bring Shakyamuni Buddha's teachings to the West.

Full-time participation is encouraged; part-time attendance will be considered as space allows.

If you have any questions, or if this will be your first sesshin, please email us before registering. Read more »

Fri, Oct 28, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 30, 2022 - 5:00pm

Golden Wind Sesshin at DBZ

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A monk asked Ummon, “What will happen when the leaves fall and the trees become bare?” Ummon said, “Golden wind!”

Join us in person for seven days of deep practice at Golden Wind Sesshin. As autumn paints the trees brilliant colors, golden leaves swirl down, and the wind turns cooler and sharper, experience the beauty of Dai Bosatsu Mountain as you clear, refresh, and refocus your heart and mind.

Led by Chigan Roshi and Hokuto Osho.

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Sat, Oct 1, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sat, Oct 8, 2022 - 2:00pm

NYZ 54th Anniversary Sesshin

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Join us in person and online to commemorate the founding of our city temple, which opened its doors on September 15, 1968. It was one of the first Rinzai Zen practice centers to be established in the United States.

For more than half a century, we have continued to offer authentic Rinzai Zen training amid the bustle of life in Manhattan. Includes zazen, chanting, teisho and dokusan. Formal meals will be served. The ZSS Covid Protocols apply to in-person participation. Read more »

Fri, Sep 16, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sun, Sep 18, 2022 - 6:00pm

Hoen-ji Summer Sesshin

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Summer at the Zen Center of Syracuse — the myriad shades of green, the wildlife browsing along Onondaga Creek as we do outdoor kinhin — is a wondrous time for opening the heart.

Led by Shinge Roshi, the sesshin will be offered both in person and online.

Online Participation, suggested contribution: $100-$150.

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Thu, Jul 28, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jul 31, 2022 - 5:00pm

DBZ 46th Anniversary Sesshin

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It took absolute trust in Dharma, great determination and an endless vow to bring this monastery into existence. This Dai Bosatsu spirit has inspired generations of Zen students to come to DBZ, and to train diligently in transforming the mind from self-absorption to altruism. On July 4, 1976, the bicentennial of the United States, International Dai Bosatsu Zendo was formally opened. Let us sit with all our might to requite the beneficence of our founding teachers.

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Sat, Jul 2, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sat, Jul 9, 2022 - 1:00pm

Holy Days Sesshin at DBZ

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Experience the beginning of this season of renewal at DBZ, as early spring breezes flow over Beecher Lake and new shoots begin to emerge.

At this in-person and online sesshin we will honor the birth of the Buddha with a special ceremony in which we bathe a statue of the baby Buddha in his beautiful flower pavilion. We will also commemorate Master Rinzai, the founder of our Zen school. Led by Shinge Roshi, Chigan Roshi and Hokuto Sensei.  Read more »

Sat, Apr 2, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sat, Apr 9, 2022 - 5:00pm

MLK Sesshin at NYZ

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Join us in person as our city temple New York Zendo hosts the first sesshin of the new year.

This sesshin will honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to combat racial inequality through nonviolent means.

Led by Hokuto Sensei, the sesshin will include zazen, morning service, Dharma talks and Dharma interviews. The ZSS Covid Protocols must be followed by in-person participants. Read more »

Fri, Jan 14, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 16, 2022 - 6:00pm

Hoen-ji Winter Sesshin

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Sitting in the deep stillness, as snowflakes fall and temperatures drop, we can encounter our true nature. This Zoom sesshin will be led by Shinge Roshi and will include zazen, morning service, teisho, dokusan and Dharma interviews with Shinge Roshi and Chigan Roshi. Off-line time will be built into the schedule for meals, work practice at your homes, and kinhin (walking meditation).

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email that includes payment instructions.  A detailed schedule will be sent to registrants just before sesshin begins. Read more »

Thu, Jan 20, 2022 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 23, 2022 - 5:00pm
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