Residency at Dai Bosatsu during one of our training periods (kessei) offers an unparalleled opportunity to deepen your Zen practice. The rigorous schedule and the beautiful remote setting deep in the Catskill Mountains invite you to immerse yourself completely in the present moment.
Although the full residency period, known as kessei, is traditionally three months long, we are allowing shorter stays (a minimum of two weeks at a time).
Guided by our abbot, Shinge Roshi, and her designated Dharma Teachers, participants learn traditional Rinzai Zen forms and engage in daily meditation, ritual, caretaking, personal and group study, yoga and Zen arts. Every month our teachers lead a five- to seven-day sesshin (intensive meditation retreat).
The DBZ community upholds high standards of personal and group conduct, rooted in the six Buddhist paramitas (virtues of perfection): dana (generosity), sila (living by the 10 precepts), kshanti (patience), virya (energetic practice), dhyana (zazen), and prajna (wisdom). Residents work together to create a place where all are welcome and can experience the Buddha-Dharma in an authentic and life-changing way.
Students may participate for the full three months or for shorter stays. Rates are: $1700 for three months; $1500 for two months; $800 for one month; and $450 for two weeks.
Thanks to a generous donor, scholarships are available for serious, dedicated students.
Please see our calendar for the next kessei period. To apply for residence or for more information, call us at (845) 439-4566, or e-mail the DBZ office. Shinge Roshi discusses kessei below.