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...
Fri, Oct 23, 2020 - 7:00pm - Sun, Oct 25, 2020 - 5:00pm
One of the oldest Zen groups in the country, the Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji began on the Syracuse University campus in 1973; its present six-acre home was formally dedicated Oct. 18, 1996, and...

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

Current and Upcoming Courses

Course begins Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Brahmavihara, variously translated as "The Divine Abodes," "Sublime Attitudes," or "Immeasurable Virtues," represent the boundless qualities of an open heart and mind. There are innumerable methods and techniques for developing greater intimacy with the Brahmavihara — Metta (universal good-will or loving-kindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (sympathetic joy) and Upekka (Equanimity). These techniques are not a replacement for Zen practice, but a complement to it, helping to loosen the bonds of self-centered delusion while stabilizing the heart/mind.


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.


Hoen-ji Fall Anniversary Sesshin Oct 23 to Oct 25, Online via Zoom