Although we have suspended our in-person programming due to the coronavirus pandemic, Shinge Roshi continues to teach, giving Dharma Talks and dokusan via Zoom meetings open to the sanghas of the Zen Center of Syracuse, Dai Bosatsu Zendo, and New York Zendo.  In addition, the Zen Center offers online sittings and discussion.

For more information or to register for an event, click on event or program title.


Wed, Oct 14, 2020 - 12:00pm - Wed, Dec 9, 2020 - 12:00pm
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...
Sun, Nov 29, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dokuro Osho received Dharma Transmission from Shinge Roshi on November 25, 2017. In recognition of his continuing maturation and dedication to the Zen Studies Society during these past three years,...
Mon, Nov 30, 2020 - 7:00pm - Tue, Dec 8, 2020 - 8:00am
Rohatsu Sesshin is held each year at Zen temples and monasteries throughout the world to commemorate the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, which occurred when he saw a star at dawn on the eighth...
Thu, Dec 31, 2020 - 9:00pm
Dear Sangha Members and Dharma Friends, This autumn marks the 24th year since the Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji moved into its home at the intersection of Onondaga Creek and Seneca Turnpike. It’s...

Ongoing programs

Dai Bosatsu Mandala Day On the Thursday or Sunday closest to the 21st of the month
Yoga Fridays 5:30 pm, Sundays 1:00 pm
Dharma Kids Periodic Sundays, 10:00am to 11:30am.
Dharma Study One Sunday a month, 7 - 9 pm.
Dokusan During Zazen, 2nd and 4th weeks of every month
Tibetan Service Saturdays, 10am - 11:30am
Residential Training at Hoen-ji Resident program; On-going
Deep Presence Introduction to meditation course
Conscious Stress Reduction Course teaching resilience through meditation and mindfulness training
Tibetan Dharma Study First Saturday of every month
AA Meeting with Meditation Mondays in the Forman House, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Virtual Dharma Study Every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month


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.

There are no currently scheduled sesshin to be held at the Zen Center. If you would like to be notified when this changes, please subscribe to our email list, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our RSS feed.