Sitting Schedule

Online Zoom Meetings and Sittings

In addition to opening our zendo for in-person sittings at the times listed, we continue to meet online to support each other during this challenging time for zazen, programs, Dharma talks and more. Shinge Roshi continues to teach, giving Dharma Talks and dokusan via Zoom meetings. We look forward to seeing you; all are welcome!

If you plan to visit in person, please be sure to review the Zen Center's covid protocols.

Newcomers are encouraged to attend Introduction to Zen Meditation on Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. EST before joining one of the regularly scheduled events.

To attend any meeting below, please email us at for Zoom meeting links. 

Please note that all times are in Eastern Time.

Threefold Sangha Sunday Mornings (except during Sesshin)
On the Sunday closest to Mandala Day (the 21st of each month), we’ll start at 10 a.m. with the Mandala Day celebration (click here for Lotus Sutra), followed by kinhin and a period of zazen. At 11:55 a.m., a teisho or Dharma talk will be offered, concluding at 12:30 p.m. On all other Sundays please join us at 10 a.m., for choka (morning service, click here for chanting sutra book) followed by two periods of zazen, ending at 12:30 p.m. Shinge Roshi will be in attendance as her schedule allows.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 707 637 406
Password: 242603

Introduction to Zen Meditation
Wednesday 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST hosted jointly by ZSS and ZCS.
Introductory instruction in Zen meditation, followed by meditation and informal discussion. No experience necessary.  Classes will not be held during sesshin.  There will be no classes on Nov 9, 23, 30, Dec 7 and 21 due to sesshins and holidays.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 5980 9854
Password: intro2zen

Open Zazen

Monday through Saturday
6 – 6:40 a.m. hosted by ZCS
7 – 7:40 a.m. hosted by ZCS
40-minute periods of zazen
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 742 716 369
Password: 444630

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. hosted by ZCS
60 minutes of zazen
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 622 175 686
Password: 049393

Tibetan Practice

The Dungkar Sangha, in the Tibetan Gelugpa lineage, meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. The Dharma Study  group meets the first Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m.  To inquire, call Andy, (315) 559-2785.

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Sitting on Zoom only, not in person
Meeting ID: 886 339 959
Password: Dunkar2785

Zendo Procedure

Welcome! Our zendo is open to all. Please click here if this is your first visit. Below are some brief guidelines.

  • Arrive early. Allow time to make the transition to the dynamic stillness of the zendo.
  • Avoid wearing perfume, aftershave, or other fragrances.
  • Remove watches and noisy jewelry before entering the zendo.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Leave any valuables in the changing room, not in the zendo foyer.
  • Attire should be clean, dignified and restrained - no shorts, tank tops, distracting patterns and colors, or skin-tight clothing.
  • If you bring food to the Zen Center at any time, be sure it's vegetarian.
  • Observe silence. Moving during zazen not only disturbs others, it hinders your own concentration, creating even more discomfort.
  • Participate! You will find the more you give of yourself, the more your understanding will deepen.

Sittings at Syracuse University

The Zen Center of Syracuse and the Syracuse University Buddhist Meditation Association together offer meditation at Syracuse University. All sittings are held at Hendricks Chapel in the small chapel in the basement unless otherwise noted.  Each includes instruction and discussion, with half an hour of meditation.

These sittings are offered daily, except for days when Syracuse University is closed (generally, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday following, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve).

All are welcome to attend -- you do not need to be affiliated with Syracuse University to join us!

Meditations will be offered live in the Small Chapel in the lower level of Hendricks, The Barnes Center Meditation Room (rm 308) and on Zoom.

To join any of the Buddhist Meditation Association's online meditations, follow this Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 953 9890 1378
Passcode: BMASUESF

Monday 12:00 p.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Janna
Monday 1:00 p.m., Live in the Barnes Center (Room 308) with Kennedy
Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Rosalie
Tuesday 12:00 p.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Ryan
Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Ju
Wednesday 1:30 p.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Joy. (Plum Village)
Wednesday 3:00 p.m., Live in the Barnes Center (room 308) with Kelly
Wednesday 5:30 p.m., Live in the Small Chapel and on Zoom with Karen and Hayden
Thursday 10:00 a.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Hayden
Thursday 12:30 p.m., ive in the Small Chapel with JoAnn and on Zoom
Thursday 6:00 p.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Adria
Friday 2:00 p.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Dereck (Pure Land Chanting)
Friday 6:30 p.m., Live in the Small Chapel with Elan or Christina

Co-sponsored by the Buddhist Meditation Association and the Zen Center of Syracuse

For more info or if having difficulty joining, contact the Buddhist Chaplain, JoAnn Cooke,  at 315-559-7013 or