You are invited to our Dual Anniversary Celebration.
On Sunday, July 3, 2016, we commemorate 40 years since the formal opening of Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji and 60 years since the Zen Studies Society was established to support Dr. D.T. Suzuki’s extraordinary scholarly work in bringing Zen Buddhism to America. To find out more, please click here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ, Nyogen Senzaki Jukau Sesshin, May 3-8. We honor Nyogen Senzaki, a great early pioneer of Zen in America, in this sesshin led by Shinge Roshi amid the glory of spring. A disciple of Soen Shaku Roshi, Nyogen Senzaki came to the United States in 1905. He practiced alone at first, then was gradually sought out by Americans eager to learn about and practice Zen. His teachings and poems continue to inspire us decades after his passing. Shinge Roshi will hold Jukai (precepts ceremony) for nine students on the final afternoon of sesshin, May 8. This will be a beautiful time to practice at DBZ, as the mountain warms and blooms.
NYZ, Samu (Work Practice), May 7, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Every first Saturday of the month, we put our efforts into caring for the temple as we work together on various cleaning and upkeep projects. After morning service and zazen, we'll have a brief informal tea gathering before getting to work.
NYZ, Shin Buddhist Teachings, May 7, 9, and 15. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha, will lead a seiza meditation and give a Dharma talk in Japanese on Shin Buddhism on May 7th, 2:00-5:00 p.m; lead a seiza meditation and give a talk in English on May 9th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and lead a longer seiza meditation on May 15th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
NYZ, Nyogen Senzaki All-Day Sit with Myotai Treace Sensei, May 14. Please join us as we come together to commemorate the life of Nyogen Senzaki, the first Rinzai Zen monk to reside in the United States. A disciple of Soen Shaku Roshi and Dharma brother to D. T. Suzuki, Nyogen Senzaki's intimate Dharma friendship with Soen Nakagawa Roshi greatly influenced the flowering of the Zen Studies Society's commitment not only to the teachings of Zen, but to its practice. Myotai Bonnie Treace Sensei will offer Dharma interviews and a Dharma talk. She is the founder of Hermitage Heart Zen in Garrison, New York, and teaches now in New York and Asheville, NC. She entered monastic training in 1983 and is the first Dharma heir of John Daido Loori Roshi. Myotai was the founding teacher and abbess of the Zen Center of New York City, and vice-abbess of Zen Mountain Monastery for many years. 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. For more information, please email or call the zendo (see below).
DBZ, Samu Weekend, May 20-22. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice. When the weather allows, samu weekends focus on outdoor work, such as gardening, and raking. Participants may also engage in nittensoji, tenzo work, 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, 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.
DBZ, Yoga and Zen Weekend, May 20-22. Regain your own natural rhythm and reconnect with yourself and with nature at this inspiring yoga/meditation retreat. Immerse yourself in two daily yoga sessions, pranayama, and Zen meditation. Refresh your spirit by taking a leisurely walk around the lake, or hike through 1,400 acres of unspoiled forest. No previous experience with yoga or Zen practice is required; all are welcome and warmly invited. An introduction to Zen meditation will be offered for those who wish to attend. Please arrive on Friday by 4:00 p.m. for our opening Yoga Blend Restorative class and optional meditation; depart on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., and return home renewed and refreshed.
NYZ, Dharma Dialogue with Fr. Michael Holleran, May 21. Fr. Michael Holleran is a Catholic priest, Zen teacher, and a former Carthusian monk. He is a follower and advocate of what his friend, the internationally renowned theologian of interfaith understanding, Prof. Paul Knitter, calls "double belonging" (the idea that we can be rooted in one particular religious tradition, especially by cult and upbringing, but also receive "substantial nourishment" from another tradition). A Dharma heir of Fr. Robert Kennedy Roshi, he runs a weekly Zen meditation group (Dragon's Eye Zendo), with an interfaith emphasis, at St. Francis of Assisi Church. After our usual Saturday morning service and zazen, Fr. Michael will be joining Hokuto Dan Diffin, our former spiritual director who continues to be an active member and regular guest teacher, in conversation about various aspects of Buddhist and Christian contemplative traditions. We are encouraging everyone to join us for this special morning and will be spreading the word to the larger multifaith contemplative community in New York. For more information and to reserve your space, please call or email the zendo (see below).
NYZ, Lecture by D.T. Suzuki Scholar Prof. Richard Jaffe, May 26, 7-9 p.m. Professor Jaffe of Duke University is one of the foremost scholars on the life and work of D. T. Suzuki. He is the editor of the new four-volume "Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki" (Univ. of Calif. Press). Prof. Jaffe will be giving a special address at this summer's DBZ/ZSS Dual Anniversary Celebration. We welcome him to New York Zendo, where, after sitting together, he will discuss his work on D. T. Suzuki's prominent place in the history of the transmission of Buddhism to the West.
DBZ, Intro to Zen Weekend, May 27-29. Introduction to Zen weekends at Dai Bosatsu 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.
NYZ, Gempo Roshi/Segaki All-Day Sit, June 18.
NYZ, Summer Interim, begins June 19.
DBZ, 40th/60th Anniversary Samu Prep Week, June 21-25.
DBZ, 40th/60th Anniversary Sesshin, June 25-July 2. This very special Sesshin begins June 25th and ends with teisho by Shunan Noritake Roshi on July 2nd, the Anniversary Celebration on July 3rd, and the dawn walk around Beecher Lake on July 4th. It is filling up rapidly. If you intend to register for Anniversary Sesshin, please email us promptly to avoid disappointment. We will not be able to honor requests for private rooms for this sesshin, and we are requesting a $50 deposit, which will be non-refundable after June 19th.
Volunteer opportunities: The celebration will be a glorious time for ZSS and DBZ. Helpers are needed in all areas, from grounds keeping to greeting guests. June 21-25 is preparation week. If you can come for those days, and stay to assist on July 3rd and 4th, you will be eligible for reduced sesshin fees. Please email us to volunteer.
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:
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
To make a reservation or for more information, contact the New York Zendo office.