Winter Life at DBZ, now to March 19, 2017. Interested in deepening your meditation practice? Join the monastics and lay residents at Dai Bosatsu Zendo for our winter interim work-study program. There is no fee required. All we ask is that you engage in the daily practice and activities of a harmonious Zen community, cultivating a daring spirit and a compassionate heart. To find out more, click for PDF.
Spring Kessei at DBZ, We are currently accepting applications for our spring residential training period. Attending kessei--a traditional three-month training period held each spring and fall--offers an unparalleled opportunity to grow, be challenged, and deepen one's practice. The rigorous schedule and remote, beautiful setting allow students to immerse themselves completely in their practice--a rare opportunity in our hectic, plugged-in, multitasking world.
Guided by our abbot, Shinge Roshi, and senior residents, kessei participants learn traditional Rinzai Zen forms and engage in daily zazen, sutra chanting, and study. Sesshin, a silent week of intensive practice, is held once a month, providing time for deep introspection and daily individual meetings with Shinge Roshi. Samu (work practice) includes tasks such as working in our organic garden, cooking, cleaning, and caring for our buildings and grounds. E-mail the office or call 845 439-4566 for more information and to make reservations.
UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ, Winter Interim, now till March 19. E-mail the office or call 845 439-4566 for information.
NYZ, Book Discussion, January 18, 8 p.m. The discussion group continues with "The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti", translated by Robert Thurmond.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, January 22, 3:30-5 p.m. When some of the first Westerners, such as Ruth Fuller Sasaki, went 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. (This style of meditation is done in a kneeling position or seated on a chair with the body slightly inclined forward, and it utilizes a similar breathing technique to zazen.) In this spirit, Rev. Miki Nakura offers instruction and leads seiza meditation sessions at New York Zendo.
NYZ, Instruction and Teisho by Eran Junryu Vardi Roshi, January 26. Junryu Roshi is the Founder of Eiryu-ji Zen Center in Wycoff, New Jersey, a Dharma teacher in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and a member of the White Plum Asanga; he also holds a 6th Dan in Aikido, Shidoin. He will provide individual practice meetings at 5:45 p.m. and meditation instruction for new students at 6:45 p.m.; he will also offer a teisho. Please email the office if you wish to meet with Junryu Roshi.
NYZ, Film: Showing and discussion of "Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness", February 4, 2 p.m. This widely acclaimed documentary depicts victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan Genocide, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and "the troubles" in Northern Ireland. "Beyond Right and Wrong" follows the delicate, extraordinary relationships that form between several dyads of perpetrator and sufferer and the mutual transformations that occur. The film asks the questions: How does one forgive? How does one atone for deeds that seem beyond forgiveness and atonement?
NYZ, Shakuhachi Workshop by world-renowned Grand Master Nyogetsu Ronnie Seldin, March 18, 3 p.m., followed by a concert in the zendo at 8 p.m. Suggested donation: $35, or sliding scale.
NYZ, Parinirvana All-Day Sit, February 18, 8am-6pm. Dokuro Daniel Diffin Osho will lead us in the commemoration of Shakyamuni Buddha's final nirvana and will offer a Dharma talk and practice interviews. There will be a formal lunch served in the zendo. A suggested donation of $30 for members or $40 for nonmembers is appreciated.
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
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:
Tuesdays through Fridays 6:45-7:45: Zazen
Saturdays 9:30-11:30: Morning Service, zazen, temple cleaning, informal tea
Tuesdays 7-9: Tai chi class and zazen.
Wednesdays 7-9: Zazen
Thursdays 6:45-9: Intro to Zen Meditation class and zazen
Fridays 7-9: Zazen
To make a reservation or for more information, call (212) 861-3333, or email the New York Zendo office.