New Year's Eve at the Zen Center of Syracuse

Join us to ring in the New Year! Please RSVP here by 12/29.

The evening starts informally at 9:00 pm with an individual purification ceremony in the Forman House Dharma Hall.  Each of us lists on a piece of paper all the patterns of negative and harmful behaviors we would like to relinquish. Then, chanting the Verse of Purification, we each consign our lists into the fire.

Roshi will give a talk at 10:30 pm.

Chanting 108 times Kanzeon (the 10-phrase Prolonging Life Sutra invoking Kanzeon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion) begins at 11:15. Each of us will take turns striking the big gong and making a silent vow. We'll then gather in the Forman House for refreshments, conversation by the fire, and dancing from midnight until.....

Join us for part or all of the evening. If you are only attending part-time, arrive during one of the below kinhin times. Family and friends are welcome. Please bring vegetarian snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to share.

New Year's Eve Schedule:

9 - 9:30pm Personal Purification Ceremony at fireplace in the Forman House. Join ongoing zazen in the Carriage House Zendo afterward.
9:30 - 10:15pm Zazen
10:15 - 10:30pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
10:30 - 11pm Teisho by Shinge Roshi Roko Sherry Chayat, Abbot
11pm - 11:15pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
11:15... Kanzeon Chanting (Each person in turn strikes the gong and makes a silent New Year’s Vow.)
Midnight... Refreshments, non-alcoholic drinks, conversation, and dancing in the Forman House.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 - 9:00pm - Mon, Jan 1, 2018 - 1:00am
Program fee: