The Zen Studies Society was established in 1956 to assist the Buddhist scholar D.T. Suzuki in his efforts to introduce Zen to the West. ZSS is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to the practice of Rinzai Zen in the United States.
On the banks of the highest lake in the Catskills, on 1400 acres of pristine forest, Dai Bosatsu Zendo offers an inspiring setting for true Zen practice. Residential training periods are offered to serious lay and ordained students. Training includes koan work, sesshin, dokusan and teisho. There is a summer interim work exchange program, as well as Introduction to Zen weekends, yoga, bodywork, writers' and other retreats.
New York Zendo, an oasis of deep stillness in the heart of Manhattan, offers daily zazen and chanting service, monthly all-day sittings, Dharma talks and practice interviews.
Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi, our abbot, began formal Zen practice in 1967 at the Zen Studies Society's first location on the Upper West Side of New York City. She was co-director and a resident at Dai Bosatsu Zendo from 1974-1976, during its pioneer years. She became the spiritual director of the Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji, and was appointed abbot there in 1996. On January 1, 2011, Shinge Roshi was installed as Abbot of the Zen Studies Society.