UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ, Garden volunteers are welcome any time. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
NYZ, Japanese Dharma Talk, September 6, 2 - 5pm. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto and the Shinrenbo New York Shin Buddhist Sangha, will give a Dharma talk in Japanese on the teachings of Shinran Shonin. All are welcome to join. There is no admission fee, though a donation would be greatly appreciated.
NYZ, Dharma Talk on Shin Buddhism, September 8, 7 - 9pm. Rev. Miki Nakura 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 Jodoshinshu (True Pure Land) Buddhism; there will be time after for questions and discussion. All are welcome to join. There is no admission fee, though a donation would be greatly appreciated.
NYZ, 46th Anniversary Sesshin, September 12 - 14. Please join us as we come together to commemorate 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 offer authentic Rinzai Zen training amid the never-ending bustle of life in Manhattan. In addition to the usual zazen, chanting, and kinhin, Hokuto Dan Diffin will offer Dharma interviews and a Dharma talk. Hokuto will continue to explore his basic curriculum for Zen training, Zen Buddhism by the Numbers, taking up number 7: a prime number symbolic of ascent/attainment. 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.
DBZ, Zen and Yoga Weekend, September 12 - 14. Regain your own natural rhythm and reconnect with yourself and with nature. 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 1,400 acres of unspoiled 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 sit. Please arrive on Friday by 4pm for our opening Yoga Blend Restorative class and optional meditation; depart on Sunday at 2pm, and return home renewed and refreshed.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, September 12 - 14. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice. If the weather allows, we will focus on outdoor work, such as splitting firewood, gardening, and raking. Participants may also engage in temple cleaning, cooking, and other tasks. Mindful work is emphasized. All are welcome, but please let us know in advance if you plan to attend so that we can plan accordingly. If this will be your first visit to DBZ, please arrive on Friday afternoon before 6:00pm to attend an orientation. There is no fee for participation in samu weekends, but donations are gratefully accepted.
DBZ, Golden Wind Sesshin, September 20 - 27. 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, zazen, teisho, and dokusan 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 and refocus your heart and mind.
NYZ, Bodhidharma Weekend Sesshin, October 10 - 12.
DBZ, Introduction to Zen Weekend, October 24 - 26.
Summer Work Exchange Program, now thru August 24, Dai Bosatsu Zendo is a magical place for Zen practice in every season, but summer is a particularly special time. The mountain is alive with birdsong and an abundance of fragrant flowers, and the warm sunny days and cool clear nights are profoundly refreshing to the spirit.
The Summer Work Exchange Program offers participants the opportunity to live, work, and practice at DBZ for the entire Summer Interim or for a shorter period of at least 10 days. They enter fully into the residents' schedule, experiencing the benefits of disciplined and harmonious Zen monastic life, and work diligently alongside them to help and support guest groups conducting retreats and seminars with renowned teachers in such practices as reiki and shakuhatsu. Joining in daily mindful work and meditation helps participants experience new depths of awareness in a joyous community of old-timers and those new to Zen. There is no fee for the program.
This summer, we will also welcome seven college and graduate-school student interns to spend part of the summer at DBZ, working in sustainable energy, natural resources policy, forestry, organic gardening and vegetarian cooking, and joining the residents and experienced practitioners in sitting and chanting. If you would like more information, or if you wish to apply to work and practice at DBZ this summer alongside the interns and residents, please call (845) 439-4566 or email the DBZ office.
NYZ Summer Interim, June 22 - September 4. The zendo will be closed except for the ongoing weekly events listed below:
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
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: To make a reservation or for more information, contact the New York zendo office.