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)
DBZ, Intro to Zen Weekend, November 20-22. Introduction to Zen weekends at Dai Bosatsu Zendo 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 (for traditional silent, formal meals), and work practice. Our abbot, Shinge Roshi, will give a Dharma talk and will meet with participants for a question-and-answer period. The weekend will conclude with informal lunch and discussion on Sunday afternoon.
NYZ, Shojin Ryori Workshop, November 21-22 10am-1pm. Shojin ryori is an ancient form of Buddhist temple cooking that uses only simple, seasonal vegetarian ingredients. The experience of making and eating shojin ryori connects you to the heart, spirit, and traditions of Japan. In this workshop you will learn to prepare a complete shojin ryori meal with Ms. Masami Asao, one of Japan's leading instructors and a resident of Jokoku-ji, a 350-year-old temple in Tokyo. Cost is $75 per session ($125 for both). Students taking both classes can expect some variation to the menu on the second day. Space is limited, so please register early! For more information or to reserve your space, please call 212 861-3333 or email the zendo.
NYZ, Book Club/Sangha Night, November 25. Following one sit, the NYZ Book Club will gather in the Dharma Hall to discuss Eknath Easwaran's translation of the Dhammapada over tea and refreshments. Members and nonmembers, old-timers and newcomers -- all are welcome! To purchase this book, click here.
DBZ, Thanksgiving Celebration, November 26-27. We invite you and your family to join us for our yearly Thanksgiving dinner. The celebration will begin with a Dharma talk by Shinge Roshi on Thursday afternoon, followed by a delicious vegetarian feast. An informal brunch on Friday will conclude the event, but guests will be welcome to linger and enjoy the monastery and grounds.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, November 29, 3:30-5pm. 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 forward, and its breathing technique is different from that of zazen.) In this spirit, Rev. Miki Nakura offers instruction and leads seiza meditation sessions at New York Zendo.
DBZ, Rohatsu Sesshin, November 30-December 8. Rohatsu (a Japanese word meaning "the eighth day of the last month of the year") Sesshin is held each year in Zen monasteries throughout the world to commemorate the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, which occurred when he saw a star at dawn on the eighth day of his retreat. In this intensive sesshin, we manifest the Buddha's determination as he sat beneath the Bodhi tree, vowing not to rise until he achieved true awakening. Every student contributes to and takes strength from the powerful energy and determination of all, creating an unsurpassed opportunity for deep practice and realization.
NYZ, Rohatsu Week, December 1-8. We will continue our tradition of extra sittings throughout Rohatsu week. The zendo will be open in the mornings and evenings every day from December 1 through December 7. The week will culminate on the morning of December 8 with a Jodo-e (Buddha's enlightenment) ceremony. Each evening, we will sit three periods of zazen and read from Hakuin Zenji's Rohatsu Exhortations. The mornings will follow our normal weekly schedule, with the addition of sits on Sunday and Monday. The morning schedule on December 8 will include zazen from 6:45 to 7:45, followed by the Jodo-e ceremony.
NYZ, Fall Closing All-Day Sit, December 12. Please join us as we come together for the final all-day sit of our fall training period. 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 email New York Zendo office or call 212 861-3333.
NYZ, Winter Interim, December 13-January 2. The zendo will be open on a limited schedule: weekday morning zazen, 12/15-12/18 and 12/22-24; Tuesday evening zazen and tai chi, 12/15 and 12/22; and Thursday evening Intro to Zen, 12/17.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, December 27. 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 slightly inclined forward, and it utilizes a similar breathing technique to zazen.) In this spirit, Rev. Miki Nakura offers instruction and leads seiza meditation sessions at New York Zendo.
DBZ, New Year's Celebration, December 31. Join us for a family-friendly New Year's Eve with the residents at the monastery. The evening will begin with zazen, a talk by Shinge Roshi, and a special New Year's feast. Then everyone will be invited to welcome in 2016 with the traditional Joya no Kane chanting and ringing of the konsho (big outdoors temple gong) 108 times, ending at midnight and followed by refreshments. There will be a New Year's brunch the next morning. Event Contribution- $250 for adults ($225 for NYZ members) and $75 for children under 12. There is a sliding scale available for those who can come two or three days early to help us with the preparations.
NYZ, Spring Training Opens, January 5.
NYZ, O-Souji (New Year Temple Cleaning), January 8-10.
NYZ, Diamond Sutra Chanting, January 9.
NYZ, Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Sesshin, January 15-17.
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.