UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ, Garden volunteers are welcome any time. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
DBZ, Harvest Sesshin, November 1 - 6; Jukai, November 8. Clear and refocus your heart and mind amid the austere beauty of late autumn on Dai Bosatsu Mountain. As we sit together, in deep silence broken only by the calls of wild geese and the sound of wind in the trees, we will experience the profound stillness that inspires us to encounter our true nature. An optional yoga class will be held each afternoon. Those who wish may stay on to attend Jukai (precepts ceremony) for seven Sangha members that will be held on Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, November 14 - 16. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice. Tasks will include cooking, cleaning, and tending the grounds (weather permitting), as well as special projects to help maintain the monastery. Mindful work is emphasized. All are welcome, but please let us know in advance if you will attend so that we can plan accordingly. If this will be your first visit to DBZ, please arrive on Friday afternoon before 6:00 p.m. to attend an orientation. There is no fee for participation in samu weekends, but donations are gratefully accepted.
NYZ, Soen Shaku All-Day Sit, November 15. Please join us as we come together to commemorate the life and teaching of the first Rinzai Zen master to bring the teachings of the Buddha Dharma to the West. 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." This talk will take up number 9: threes and threes, product of the trikaya and the three treasures. 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, Mandala Day Service, November 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mandala Day commemorates the spiritual interrelationship between Soen Nakagawa Roshi and Ven. Nyogen Senzaki, who, unable to meet face to face during WWII, agreed to exchange Dharma greetings to each other across the Pacific on the 21st of every month through their chanting, zazen, and bows. This ceremony pays homage to those in our lineage and all related teachers, known and unknown, who have helped to further the Buddha-Dharma in America. There will be one period of zazen after chanting.
NYZ, Sangha Night, November 26, 7 to 9 p.m. Please join us for the evening sits followed by tea and conversation. Since we all attend the zendo at different times, this is an opportunity to come together as a sangha, to meet, greet, and get to know one another. Members and nonmembers, old-timers and newcomers- all are welcome!
DBZ, Thanksgiving Celebration, November 27 - 28. 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.
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.
NYZ, Fall Training Closing All-Day Sit, December 13.
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.