Covid Protocols

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Covid Protocol for the Zen Center of Syracuse

The Zen Center of Syracuse is committed to offering our sittings, sesshin, dokusan and ceremonies via Zoom to any and all Sangha members and guests. We are also cautiously opening to in-person participation at certain times. To reduce the risk of spreading Covid infection to our residents and all practitioners, please observe the following:

Requirements for in-person indoor sittings at the Zen Center of Syracuse

  1. Proof of full vaccination:  A photo or photocopy of your Covid vaccination card or NY State Excelsior Pass serves as proof. You may email your proof of vaccination, OR arrive at least 10 minutes early to show it to the jisha. You only need to do this once.
  2. Masks: A mask covering your nose and mouth must be worn at all times when inside.
  3. No symptoms or known exposure: If you have symptoms, are not feeling well, or if you have been exposed to someone infected with Covid, please do not come to the zendo. Symptoms include: fever, headache, cough, breathing difficulties, runny nose, sore throat, and partial or full loss of taste or smell.

We are opening the zendo to those meeting these requirements on

  • Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (one period of zazen, break mid-way)
  • Sundays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (including morning service and Zoom screen Threefold Sangha zazen and teisho)

If you would like to attend in person, we appreciate advance notice by email to at least one day before.

Be aware that in the zendo, weather permitting, the windows may be open.  Air purifiers will be running. We will occupy every other seat and there will be chanting.

Sesshin Covid Protocol

We are cautiously reopening to a limited number of in-person participants who can follow the Sesshin Covid Protocol, which allows us to sit unmasked. To join the residents at Hoen-ji sesshin, you must a) provide proof of full vaccination, including boosters if possible, and b) have no symptoms or known exposure, PLUS:

  1. Send an email to letting us know you wish to attend. Include your history of practice at Hoen-ji, your phone number, and proof of vaccination. At this time, only full-time participation is permitted for sesshin.
  2. Have a negative PCR test for Covid within 72 hours of your arrival. For four days before your test sample is collected and until you arrive, please self-isolate as much as possible. Email your proof of negative test to
  3. If you will be traveling from out of town, tell us where you plan to stay. Please do not use public transportation, unless you have a place to quarantine for at least four days before your PCR test.

Accommodations at Hoen-ji are very limited. We will confirm your plan and let you know whether there is space for you at sesshin.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please email