You are invited to our Dual Anniversary Celebration.
On Sunday, July 3, 2016, we commemorate 40 years since the formal opening of Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji and 60 years since the Zen Studies Society was established to support Dr. D.T. Suzuki’s extraordinary scholarly work in bringing Zen Buddhism to America. To find out more, please click here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
NYZ, Lecture by D.T. Suzuki Scholar Prof. Richard Jaffe, May 26, 7-9pm. Professor Jaffe of Duke University is one of the foremost scholars on the life and work of D. T. Suzuki. He is the editor of the new four-volume "Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki" (Univ. of Calif. Press). Prof. Jaffe will be giving a special address at this summer's DBZ/ZSS Dual Anniversary Celebration. We welcome him to New York Zendo, where, after sitting together, he will discuss his work on D. T. Suzuki's prominent place in the history of the transmission of Buddhism to the West.
DBZ, Intro to Zen Weekend, May 27-29. Introduction to Zen weekends at Dai Bosatsu are a unique opportunity to experience an in-depth introduction to Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice in a monastic environment. The program will begin on Friday in the late afternoon with a detailed orientation. We will then focus intensively throughout the weekend on central elements of Zen practice- zazen (seated meditation with attention to posture and breath), chanting, jihatsu practice (traditional silent, formal meals), and work practice. Our abbot, Shinge Roshi, will give a Dharma talk on Saturday evening and will meet with participants Sunday morning for a question-and-answer period. The weekend will conclude with informal lunch and discussion on Sunday afternoon.
NYZ, Gempo Roshi/Segaki All-Day Sit, June 18, 8am-6pm. Please join us for our annual Segaki Service. For one day, we invite the spirits of our ancestors back into the temple, and offer our chanting in gratitude to the profound impact the lives of all who've come before us have on our own lives. Whether or not you will attend, if you would like the names of your loved ones included in the chanting dedication, please email the office with a list. 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.
NYZ, Samu (Work Practice), June 4, 11:30am-1:30pm. Every first Saturday of the month, we will put our efforts into caring for the temple as we work together on various cleaning and upkeep projects. After morning service and zazen, we'll have a brief informal tea gathering before getting to work.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation and Shin Buddhist Teachings, June 4, 6, and 12. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto, and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha, will lead a seiza meditation and give a Dharma talk in Japanese on Shin Buddhism on June 4, 2:00-5:00pm, lead a seiza meditation and give a talk in English on June 6, 7:00-9:00pm, and lead a longer seiza meditation on June 12, 3:30-5:00pm.
NYZ, Summer Interim, begins June 19 (see info on ongoing events below).
DBZ, 40th/60th Anniversary Samu Prep Week, June 21-24.
DBZ, 40th/60th Anniversary Sesshin, June 25-July 2. We invite you to commemorate the formal dedication of DBZ, which occurred 40 years ago on July 4th, 1976, by attending this special sesshin. Sitting together on Dai Bosatsu Mountain, listening to the profusion of birds and feeling the gentle breeze blowing through our opening hearts, we will experience the profound stillness that inspires us to encounter our true nature. On July 4th, we will walk around Beecher Lake, over the bridges, and meet again the animals and plants who share our lives. Shinge Roshi will offer teisho and dokusan. On July 2, the last day of sesshin, our special guest Ven. Shunan Noritake Roshi, abbot of Reiun-in in Japan, will present teisho. There will be an optional yoga class each afternoon. Once again, we will end sesshin with a special purification ceremony, sharing the Three Infinities: infinite gratitude for what we have received in the past, infinite service to all beings in the present, and infinite responsibility, concern, and vision for the future.
June 21-25 is preparation week. If you can come for those days, and stay to assist on July 3rd and 4th, you will be eligible for reduced sesshin fees. Please email us to volunteer.
DBZ, 40th/60th Anniversary Celebration, July 3. To view the program for this exciting event, please click here.
DBZ, Anniversary Dawn Walk Around the Lake, July 4.
DBZ, Samu Weekend Extended, July 14-17.
DBZ, Family Weekend, July 29-31.
DBZ, Obon Samu, August 9-12.
DBZ, Obon, August 13-14.
DBZ, Intro to Zen Extended, August 25-28.
NYZ, 48th Anniversary Sesshin, led by Shinge Roshi, September 16-18.
NYZ Summer Interim, June 19 - September 5. The zendo will be closed except for the ongoing weekly events listed below:
Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 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, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Intro to Zen class and zazen
Tuesday-Friday mornings, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Zazen
Friday evenings, 7-9 p.m.: Zazen
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.