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50th Anniversary Commemoration

September 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - September 15, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Please mark your calendars for a full weekend of events celebrating this historic milestone. Activities will include talks by two Zen Masters visiting from Japan, a keynote address by noted astrophysicist Adam Frank, readings by authors Ruth Ozeki and Larry Shainberg, and an all-day sit. An exhibit of important historical documents related to ZSS and the establishment of Zen in America will also be on view.

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Friday: Welcome by Ven. Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi, Abbot of the Zen Studies Society; Remarks by Ven. Shunan Noritake Roshi, Abbot of Reiun-in at Myoshin-ji, Kyoto, and Ven. Gentoku Kobayashi Roshi, Abbot of Daitsu-in, Shokoku-ji, Kyoto. Reception for the exhibit of historical documents. Ikebana exhibition by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society New York City Chapter.

Saturday:  Zazen, Ceremonial tea offering by Urasenke Chanoyu Center; “The Power of Faith: Past, Present, Future,” a talk by Noritake Roshi; Shakuhachi performance by Marco Burmester; “50 Years Since D.T. Suzuki’s Passing; 50 Years of Practice at New York Zendo,” a talk by Kobayashi Roshi; special anniversary luncheon prepared by chef Shuji Bon Yagi; performances by the Aikawa Jazz Duo and guitarist Anthony Bez; readings by Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being, and Larry Shainberg, author of the forthcoming Four Men Shaking; keynote address by Adam Frank, astrophysicist at the University of Rochester and author of Light of the Stars. Closing remarks by Kyo-On Dokuro Osho.

Sunday:  The all-day sit will be led by guest teacher Noritake Shunan Roshi and Shinge Roshi, with teisho by Noritake Roshi. Full-day participation only!  A suggested donation of $112.50 for members or $125.00 for others is appreciated.  If you have any questions, or if this will be your first all-day sit at NYZ or DBZ, before you register call 212-861-3333, or email us at office@newyorkzendo.orgThe all-day sit is closed to registration.


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September 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
September 15, 2018 @ 9:00 pm


New York Zendo
223 E 67th St
New York, NY 10065
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(212) 861-3333

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