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Fri, Apr 9, 2021 - 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 11, 2021 - 5:00pm
During this sesshin we will honor the birth of the baby Buddha with a special ceremony and beautiful flower pavilion and also commemorate Master Rinzai, the father of our school. Experience the...
Sun, Apr 18, 2021 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
An Eight-Week Course Taught by Hokuto Sensei As practitioners of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, we all have a profound debt to the “Mountain Monk” who gave his name to one of the two great schools of Zen that...
Fri, May 7, 2021 - 7:00pm - Sun, May 9, 2021 - 5:00pm
Join us at this weekend sesshin honoring Nyogen Senzaki, a great early pioneer of Zen in America. A disciple of Soen Shaku Roshi, Nyogen Senzaki came to the United States in 1905. He practiced alone...

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.
Dokusan 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.