UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ, Intro to Zen, Friday-Sunday, July 18 - 20. Introduction to Zen weekends are a unique opportunity to experience an in-depth introduction to Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice in a monastic environment. The program will begin on Friday in the late afternoon with a detailed orientation. We will then focus intensively throughout the weekend on central elements of Zen practice-- zazen (seated meditation with attention to posture and breath), chanting, jihatsu practice (traditional silent, formal meals), and work practice. Our abbot, Shinge Roshi, will give a Dharma talk on Saturday evening and will meet with participants Sunday morning for a question-and-answer period. The weekend will conclude with informal lunch and discussion on Sunday afternoon.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, Friday-Sunday, July 25 - 27. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice! There is no fee for participation, but donations are gratefully accepted. If the weather allows, we will focus on outdoor work, such as splitting firewood, gardening, and raking. Participants may also engage in temple cleaning, cooking, 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 so that we can plan accordingly. Also, do tell us about any special talents or skills you may have! If this will be your first visit to DBZ, please arrive early enough on Friday to attend an orientation in the late afternoon.
DBZ, Garden volunteers are welcome any time. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
DBZ, O-Bon Samu Week, Tuesday-Friday, August 5 - 8.
DBZ, O-Bon, Saturday-Sunday, August 9 - 10.
NYZ, 46th Anniversary Sesshin, September 12 - 14.
Summer Work Exchange Program, July 6 - August 24, Dai Bosatsu Zendo is a magical place for Zen practice in every season, but summer is a particularly special time. The mountain is alive with birdsong and an abundance of fragrant flowers, and the warm sunny days and cool clear nights are profoundly refreshing to the spirit.
The Summer Work Exchange Program offers participants the opportunity to live, work, and practice at DBZ for the entire Summer Interim or for a shorter period of at least 10 days. They enter fully into the residents' schedule, experiencing the benefits of disciplined and harmonious Zen monastic life, and work diligently alongside them to help and support guest groups conducting retreats and seminars with renowned teachers in such practices as reiki and shakuhatsu. Joining in daily mindful work and meditation helps participants experience new depths of awareness in a joyous community of old-timers and those new to Zen. There is no fee for the program.
This summer, we will also welcome seven college and graduate-school student interns to spend part of the summer at DBZ, working in sustainable energy, natural resources policy, forestry, organic gardening and vegetarian cooking, and joining the residents and experienced practitioners in sitting and chanting. If you would like more information, or if you wish to apply to work and practice at DBZ this summer alongside the interns and residents, please call (845) 439-4566 or email the DBZ office.
NYZ Summer Interim, June 22 - September 4. The zendo will be closed except for the ongoing weekly events listed below:
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
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: To make a reservation or for more information, contact the New York zendo office.