Winter Life at DBZ, December 11 - 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
NYZ, Rohatsu Week, December 1-8. City residents will also be able to participate in Rohatsu; there will be two periods of zazen each evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and we will read from Hakuin's Rohatsu Exhortations. The mornings will follow our normal weekly schedule. On the morning of December 8, the zazen period from 6:45-7:45 will be followed by the Jodo-e ceremony of Buddha's enlightenment.
NYZ, Samu (work practice), December 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month, we will take care of the temple, working on cleaning and upkeep projects. After morning service and zazen, we will have a brief informal tea gathering before getting to work.
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, Seiza Meditation, December 4 and 18, 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, Shin Buddhism, December 10, 2 p.m. (in Japanese). Rev. Miki Nakura will give a talk on Shin Buddhism and seiza meditation instruction.
NYZ, Winter Interim, December 11-January 4. The zendo will be open on a limited schedule; email New York Zendo office, or call 212-861-3333 for information.
NYZ, New Year's Eve Chanting and Celebration, December 31, 9 p.m. We will begin 2017, the Year of the Rooster, with zazen, a Dharma talk by Juyo Dennis Giacomo, chanting, and the ringing of the large bell 108 times during the chanting of Kanzeon. Everyone will have the opportunity to strike the bell, make a vow, and offer incense, as we purify ourselves for the year ahead. Doors will open at 8:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterward. Please RSVP via email, or call 212-861-3333.
NYZ, Diamond Sutra Chanting, January 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
NYZ, New Year's Temple Cleaning, January 6-8
NYZ, Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Sesshin, January 13-15. Led by Shinge Roshi.
NYZ, Film Night, showing and discussion of Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, January 21, 2 p.m. For more on this film, click here.
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. Please contact Riki Kixmiller to confirm attendance several days in advance.
Wednesdays 7-9: Zazen
Thursdays 7-9: Intro to Zen Meditation class and zazen
Fridays 7-9: Zazen
To make a reservation or for more information, contact the New York Zendo office.