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Wed, Sep 22, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
September 21 is the International Day of Peace, celebrated all over the world. To commemorate the day, on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. the ZSS Engaged Buddhism group will screen “The Vow From Hiroshima”over...
Thu, Sep 23, 2021 - 7:00pm - Sun, Sep 26, 2021 - 5:00pm
A monk asked Ummon, “What will happen when the leaves fall and the trees become bare?” Ummon said, “Golden wind!” Join us for the first three-day sesshin of fall kessei. As autumn paints the trees...
Thu, Oct 21, 2021 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 24, 2021 - 5:00pm
As we sit together in deep silence, we will experience the profound stillness that can lead us to encounter our true nature. This sesshin will include zazen, morning service, teisho, dokusan and...
Thu, Nov 11, 2021 - 7:00pm - Sun, Nov 14, 2021 - 5:00pm
This year’s Harvest Sesshin is also our Jukai Sesshin, and will culminate in the Jukai Ceremony in which dedicated Zen students receive the Buddhist Precepts from their teacher. “Ju” is a synonym for...

Ongoing programs

Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day Via Zoom on the Sunday closest to the 21st of the month
Online Yoga Sundays 1-2:30 pm
Dharma Kids Periodic Sundays, 10:00am to 11:30am.
I am the new one Offered online via Zoom
Online Tibetan Service Saturdays, 10am - 11:30am
Conscious Stress Reduction Course teaching resilience through meditation and mindfulness training
Online Tibetan Dharma Study First Saturday of every month
Online Dharma Study Every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
Online Introduction to Zen Meditation Every Wednesday at 7pm
Online Engaged Buddhism Discussion and study groups


Sesshin, the traditional intensive meditation retreat, is offered four times a year at Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji and six times a year at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji. During sesshin, frequent dokusan and daily teachings are offered, in addition to a rigorous schedule of sitting, chanting, work practice, and formal meals. Please click here for more information on attending sesshin at the Zen Center of Syracuse.

Sesshins are currently being held online. Please see Progam & Events for the next upcoming online sesshins.