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UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)

NYZ, Shin Buddhism, June 24, 3-5:30 P.M. Rev. Nakura will give a talk on Shin Buddhism and seiza meditation instruction in Japanese.

NYZ, Seiza Meditation, Sunday, June 25, 3:30-5 P.M. This style of meditation is done in a kneeling position or seated on a chair with the body slightly inclined forward, and uses a breathing technique similar to zazen. The Rev. Miki Nakura of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha offers instruction and leads seiza meditation sessions at New York Zendo.

NYZ, Introduction to Zen Meditation, Teisho by Junryu Eran Vardi Roshi, Thursday, June 29, 6:45 P.M. Junryu Roshi will provide individual practice meetings and meditation instruction for new students at 6:45 p.m; he will also offer a teisho. At the invitation of Shinge Roshi, Junryu Roshi does this once a month at NYZ. He is the founder of Eiryu-ji Zen Center, and is a Dharma teacher in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi; a member of the White Plum Sangha, and a 7th Dan teacher of Aikido, Shidoin. Please email the office or call (212) 861-3333 if you would like to meet with him. Zazen begins at 6:45 for those who will not attend the instruction.

DBZ, 41st Anniversary Sesshin, July 1-8. We invite you to commemorate the formal dedication of DBZ, which occurred 41 years ago on July 4th, 1976. Sitting together on Dai Bosatsu Mountain, listening to the profusion of birds and feeling the gentle breeze blowing through our opening hearts, we will experience the profound stillness that inspires us to encounter our true nature. Shinge Roshi will offer teisho and dokusan, and Dharma Teachers will offer talks. There will be an optional yoga class each afternoon. We will end sesshin with a special purification ceremony, sharing the Three Infinities: infinite gratitude for what we have received in the past, infinite service to all beings in the present, and infinite responsibility, concern, and vision for the future. Be sure to bring white socks/tabi for the anniversary ceremony and boots for the walk around the lake. Transportation may be available from NYZ. Sign up for sesshin here.

DBZ, Samu Weekend, July 14-16. Join us for a Samu Weekend of zazen and work practice, including working in the organic garden and helping to maintain the grounds, sharing in temple cleaning and cooking, and participating in a variety of tasks in and around the monastery. Mindful and silent work is emphasized. All are welcome, including families. Please let us know in advance if you will 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. Transportation may be available from NYZ. Email the DBZ office or call (845) 439 4566 to attend.

DBZ, O-Bon Samu Week, August 8-11. Come early for O-Bon and help us prepare for this important event! Participants will join residents in morning and evening zazen and help with such tasks as 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. Call (845) 439-4566 or email the DBZ office for details. All are welcome; there is no fee for this program, but let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

DBZ, O-Bon, August 12-13. O-Bon is a moving, beautiful Buddhist ceremony that honors our ancestors, family members, and other loved ones who have passed away, as well as the hungry ghosts within and outside us. We will 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 will follow, as well as a Dharma talk by Shinge Roshi. We will then make a silent, candle-lit procession to the bank of Beecher Lake, where boats 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, please call (845) 439-4566 or email the DBZ office.

DBZ, Family Weekend, August 25-27. This year's Family Weekend will feature clay workshops with award-winning ceramist Dairin Shawn McGuire and guided walks in the woods with Mary Spring, a certified forest manager. Other activities will include swimming in the pristine waters of Beecher Lake, informal meetings with Abbot Shinge Roshi, short meditation and yoga periods, picnics with s'mores and vegetarian food grown in our own organic garden, and an evening of stories and poetry. Everyone will be welcome to attend full morning service on Sunday.

NYZ, 49th Anniversary Sesshin with Shinge Roshi, September 15-17. 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 zazen, chanting, and kinhin, Shinge Roshi will offer dokusan and a teisho. 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, Golden Wind Sesshin, September 23-28. A monk asked Ummon, "What will happen when the leaves fall and the trees become bare?" Ummon said, "Golden wind!" Join us for five days of silence with intensive zazen and teachings by Shinge Roshi, 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, refresh, and refocus your heart and mind.

DBZ, Harvest Sesshin, October 28-November 4 (7-day sesshin).

DBZ, Intro to Zen Weekend, November 10-12.

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.

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.

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