Mind and Emptiness, a Talk by Shinge Roshi
Shinge Roshi was invited to give a talk during a Dartmouth College conference called Mind and Emptiness: Perspectives on the Nature of Consciousness. Other presenters were philosopher Evan Thompson, neuroscientist Peter Tse, and astrophysicist Adam Frank. The conference was organized by the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth, and Upper Valley Zen Center, and Dartmouth Zen Practice. Dates were April 28 – 29, 2017. Click here to see the complete talk.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)

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. Dairin will guide participants in the completion of several pottery projects. 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. Call (845) 439-4566 or email the DBZ office for details.

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, Dharma Transmission, November 25. Shinge Roshi will give Dharma Transmission in a ceremony of inka shomei to her first Dharma heir, Kyo-On Dokuro Jaeckel, at DBZ. Invitations will be mailed in late summer.

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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