UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
NYZ, Reminder: NYZ is closed for Summer Interim until Sept. 3. (see info at bottom of page)
DBZ, FAMILY WEEKEND, August 21-23. Picnics, swimming in the lake, a participatory art installation, plus a beaver expert telling us about the lives of beavers--and showing us their habitats here at Beecher Lake. And, this is the Year of the Sheep, and we've invited West Coast fiber/installation artist Mandy Greer for a two-week artist's residency at DBZ that will culminate with Family Weekend. She will create a participatory fiber-based environmental installation using old clothes and wool sourced from ethically-run sheep farms. (Click here for pdf to read more about this project). We will have an open house from 1 to 5pm on Saturday, August 22, to share the installation with our neighbors from the wider Catskills community. Dr. Owen J. Brown, the president of Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife Inc. will give us an audiovisual presentation on this enigmatic and misunderstood creature and its place in our world.
NYZ, Japanese Dharma Talk, September 5, 2-5pm. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha, will give a Dharma talk in Japanese on the teachings of Shinran Shonin. All are welcome to join. Donations are appreciated.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, September 11-13. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice. When the weather allows, samu weekends focus on outdoor work, such as gardening and raking. Participants may also engage in nittensoji, tenzo work, 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; also, do tell us about any special talents or skills you may have. If this will be your first visit, arrive early enough on Friday to attend an orientation in the late afternoon. There is no fee for samu weekends, but donations are gratefully accepted.
DBZ, Yoga & Zen Weekend, September 11-13. 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. 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.
NYZ, 47th Anniversary Weekend Sesshin, September 18-20. 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. Formal meals will be served. Full participation is encouraged, though part-time participation will be considered as space permits. There will be some limited space to accommodate overnight participants at the temple. For more information or to reserve your place early, please email the New York Zendo office, or call 212 861-3333.
NYZ, Dharma Talk on Shin Buddhism, September 21, 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 Shin Buddhism; there will be time after for questions and discussion.
DBZ, Golden Wind Sesshin, September 26-October 3. Shunan Noritake Roshi, Abbot of Reiun-in in Kyoto, Japan, will join us for part of Golden Wind sesshin. Noritake Roshi is the abbot of Reiun-in, a subtemple of Myoshin-ji. Having served as inji to Yamada Mumon Roshi in his youth, he is the Dharma uncle of Harada Shodo Roshi. Noritake Roshi is also founder of the International Zen Friendship Association (IZFA). He will offer teisho on the Rinzai Roku on September 28, 29, and 30; sesshin participants will also have an opportunity to meet with him privately. He will be accompanied by Yasunori Hisata Osho and nun Okajima-san from Myoshin-ji. Applications for this sesshin are being taken now.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, September 27, 3:30-5pm. When some of the first Westerners, such as Ruth Fuller Sasaki, were going 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 practice. In this spirit, Rev. Miki Nakura offers instruction and leads seiza meditation sessions at New York Zendo.
NYZ, Book Club/Sangha Night, September 30, 7-9pm. 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. We will complete our examination of the book's introduction at this meeting. Members and nonmembers, old-timers and newcomers -- all are welcome! To purchase this book, click here.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, October 16-18. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice. When the weather allows, samu weekends focus on outdoor work, such as gardening and raking. Participants may also engage in nittensoji, tenzo work, 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; also, do tell us about any special talents or skills you may have. If this will be your first visit, arrive early enough on Friday to attend an orientation in the late afternoon. There is no fee for samu weekends, but donations are gratefully accepted.
NYZ, Bodhidharma All-Day Sit, October 17.
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
NYZ Summer Interim, June 22 - September 2. 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
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.