Winter Life at DBZ Planning your winter break? Interested in deepening your meditation practice? Join us at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a beautiful and traditional Zen monastery deep in the heart of the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Work projects at the monastery are varied, ranging from cooking to snow-clearing, from sewing to painting and renovation. There is no fee required. All we ask is that you engage in the daily practice and activities of a harmonious Zen community, cultivating a daring spirit and a compassionate heart. To find out more, click for PDF.
UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
NYZ, Samu (Work Practice), February 6. This and every first Saturday of the month, we'll put our efforts into caring for the temple as we work together on various cleaning and upkeep project. After morning service and zazen, we'll have a brief informal tea gathering before getting to work.
NYZ, Dharma Talk on Shin Buddhism, February 8. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha, will offer instruction and lead a short seiza meditation session. He will then give a talk in English on the teachings of Shinran Shonin, whose influential teachings form the core of Shin Buddhism; there will be time after for questions and discussion. All are welcome to join. Donations are appreciated.
NYZ, Japanese Dharma Talk, February 13. Rev. Miki Nakura will give a Dharma talk in Japanese on the teachings of Shinran Shonin.
NYZ, Parinirvana All-Day Sit, February 20. Please join us as we come together to commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha's final nirvana. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. There will be a formal lunch served in the zendo. A suggested donation of $30 for members or $40 for nonmembers is appreciated. For more information, please call or email (contact info at bottom of page).
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, February 21. When some of the first Westerners, such as Ruth Fuller Sasaki, went to Japan in the twentieth century to seek instruction in Zen, D. T. Suzuki and other Zen teachers sometimes recommended they take up seiza meditation as a complement to zazen. (This style of meditation is done in a kneeling position or seated on a chair with the body inclined slightly forward, and it utilizes a breathing technique similar to zazen.) In this spirit, Rev. Miki Nakura offers instruction and leads seiza meditation sessions at New York Zendo.
NYZ, March-On Sesshin, March 11-13.
DBZ, Holy Days Sesshin, April 2-9. Join us at this first sesshin of 2016 at DBZ, to honor the birth of the baby Buddha with a ceremony and flower pavilion in the Dharma Hall. We will also commemorate Master Rinzai, the father of our school, and observe Dai Bosatsu Day during this sesshin. Experience the beginning of this season of renewal on the mountain. It is a wonderful time for spiritual resurgence after a long, hard winter. Call or e-mail for information or to reserve your place (contact info at bottom of page).
DBZ, Samu Weekend, April 22-24.
NYZ, Shojin Ryori Workshop, April 23-24.
DAI BOSATSU ZENDO EVENTS: To make a reservation or for more information, call Dai Bosatsu Zendo at (845) 439-4566 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office hours: Tues - Sat, 9am to 4:30pm; Sunday, 9am to 12pm.
NEW YORK ZENDO EVENTS:
Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Tai Chi class and zazen (please note that interested participants should contact Riki Kixmiller to confirm attendance several days in advance)
Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Intro to Zen class and zazen
Tuesday - Friday mornings from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m.: zazen
To make a reservation or for more information, contact the New York Zendo office.