UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ, Samu Weekend, Friday-Sunday, July 25 - 27. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice! There is no fee for participation, but donations are gratefully accepted. 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 in and around the monastery. 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. Also, do tell us about any special talents or skills you may have! If this will be your first visit to DBZ, please arrive early enough on Friday to attend an orientation in the late afternoon.
DBZ, Garden volunteers are welcome any time. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
DBZ, O-Bon Samu Week, Tuesday-Friday, August 5 - 8. Come early for O-Bon and help us prepare. Participants will join residents in morning and evening zazen, and help with preparing rooms for guests, creating lanterns, cleaning, raking, and weeding. Those who join us for all or part of this samu week will be eligible for free or discounted attendance at O-Bon (please contact the office for details). All are welcome; there is no fee for this program, but please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.
DBZ, O-Bon, Saturday-Sunday, August 9 - 10. This moving and beautiful Buddhist ceremony honors our ancestors, family members, and other loved ones who have passed away, as well as the hungry ghosts within and outside us. We begin on Saturday afternoon by painting the names of our deceased loved ones on paper lanterns, then gather for the O-Bon dinner offering. A traditional chanting service and calling of the names of the deceased follow, and Shinge Roshi will give a Dharma talk. We will then light our lanterns and make a silent, candle-lit procession to the bank of Beecher Lake, where we will float the glowing lanterns across the dark waters as we chant. A large bonfire and festive refreshments will complete the evening. On Sunday there will be optional morning service and zazen, followed by breakfast. Fees are $250 for adults and $75 for children 12 and under; lodging and all meals are included. If you plan to attend and have not yet reserved your space, call 845 439.4566 or e-mail the DBZ office.
NYZ, 46th Anniversary Sesshin, September 12 - 14.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, September 12 - 14.
DBZ, Golden Wind Sesshin, September 20 - 27.
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 email@example.com.
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.