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Thu, Nov 30, 2023 - 6:00pm - Fri, Dec 8, 2023 - 8:00am
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...
Sun, Dec 17, 2023 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Led by Shinge Roshi, Dharma Study is offered both in-person and via Zoom. We encourage you to come in person, ideally joining us for morning service, starting at 10 a.m. In-person students will...
Sun, Dec 31, 2023 - 9:00pm
Dear Sangha Members and Dharma Friends, Well, it’s official: I have retired from being abbot of the Zen Studies Society, and am now able to give my singleminded (always heartfelt) attention to the...
Mon, Jan 1, 2024 (All day)
The Zen Center will be closed and there will be no online or in-person sittings on Monday, December 25, 2023 and Monday, January 1, 2024. Happy Holidays!
Thu, Jan 25, 2024 - 7:00pm - Sun, Jan 28, 2024 - 5:00pm
Please join us for Winter Sesshin at the Zen Center of Syracuse. The deep snow and crisp air of January offer a precious opportunity for intensive practice. Led by Shinge Roshi, the sesshin will be...

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.
Tibetan Practice Saturdays, 10am - 11:30am
Residential Training at Hoen-ji Resident program; On-going
Tibetan Dharma Study First Saturday of every month
Dharma Study: In Person and Online First or Second Sunday of the month from 2-3:30 p.m. ET
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.

Please see Progam & Events for the next upcoming sesshins, both online and in-person.