UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
NYZ, Summer Interim, now through Sept. 5 (see info on ongoing events below).
DBZ, Intro to Zen Extended, August 25-28. Introduction to Zen weekends at Dai Bosatsu Zendo are a unique opportunity to experience authentic Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice in a monastic environment. The extended format begins Thursday in the late afternoon with a detailed orientation. We focus intensively throughout the weekend on central elements of Zen practice--zazen (seated meditation with attention to posture and breath), chanting, jihatsu practice (bowls used in 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. If you plan to attend and have not yet reserved your space, please call (845) 439-4566 or email the DBZ office as soon as possible.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation and Shin Buddhist Teachings, September 10, 12, 25. 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 September 10, 2-5 p.m. He will also lead a seiza meditation and give a talk in English on September 12, 7-9 p.m., and will lead a longer seiza meditation on September 25, 3:30-5 p.m.
DBZ, FALL KESSEI RESIDENTIAL TRAINING, September 14-December 8. Attending kessei--the three-month training period held each spring and fall--offers an unparalleled opportunity to be challenged and to deepen one's practice. Guided by Abbot Shinge Roshi and senior residents, kessei participants learn traditional Rinzai Zen forms and engage in daily zazen, sutra chanting, samu (work), and jihatsu three-bowl meals. Samu includes tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and caring for the large organic garden as well as the buildings and grounds. Sesshin, a silent week of intensive practice, is held once a month. We welcome applications from all whose aspiration, sincerity, and dedication are strong.
NYZ, 48th Anniversary Sesshin, September 16-18. Please join us as Shinge Roshi leads us in commemorating the founding of our temple. New York Zendo Shobo-ji officially opened its doors on September 15, 1968. It was one of the first Rinzai Zen practice centers to be established in the United States. For nearly half a century, we have continued to provide authentic Rinzai Zen training amid the never-ending bustle of life in Manhattan. Shinge Roshi will offer dokusan and teisho. Sesshin begins on Friday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon. Full participation is encouraged, although part-time participation will be considered as space permits. There will be some limited space to accommodate overnight participants at the temple. 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 or to reserve your place, please email the NYZ office.
DBZ, Intro to Zen, September 16-18. The program will begin on Friday in the late afternoon with a detailed orientation. We will 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. Dokuro Jaeckel Osho 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.
DBZ, Yoga and Zen Weekend, September 16-18. Regain your natural rhythm and reconnect with yourself and with nature at this inspiring yoga/meditation retreat. Immerse yourself in two daily yoga sessions, pranayama, and Zen meditation. Refresh your spirit by taking a leisurely walk around the lake, or hike through our 1,400 acres of pristine forest. No previous experience with yoga or Zen practice is required; all are welcome and warmly invited. An introduction to Zen meditation will be offered for those who wish to join in zazen. Please arrive on Friday by 4 p.m. for our opening Yoga Blend Restorative class and optional meditation; depart on Sunday at 2 p.m., returning home renewed and refreshed.
DBZ, Golden Wind Sesshin, September 24-October 1. A monk asked Ummon, "What will happen when the leaves fall and the trees become bare?" Ummon said, "Golden wind!" Join us for a week of silence with intensive zazen and teachings by Shinge Roshi, our abbot, as autumn paints the trees in brilliant colors, golden leaves swirl down, and the wind turns cooler and sharper. Experience the beauty of autumn on Dai Bosatsu Mountain as you clear, refresh, and refocus your heart and mind.
NYZ, Samu (work practice), after morning service and zazen, October 1.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, October 7-9.
DBZ, Intro to Zen, October 14-16.
NYZ, Bodhidharma All-Day Sit, led by Hokuto Daniel Diffin Osho, Saturday, October 15.
DBZ, Harvest Sesshin, November 1-6.
NYZ, Soen Shaku Sesshin, led by Dokuro Roland Jaeckel Osho, November 11-13.
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
NYZ Summer Interim, now till 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 the office.
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.