UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
NYZ, Book Club/Sangha Night, April 29, 7-9 a.m. Please join us for this first meeting of the new NYZ Book Club! Following one sit, we will gather in the Dharma Hall to discuss pages 55-98 of Eknath Easwaran's translation of and commentaries on the Dhammapada over tea and refreshments. Members and nonmembers, old-timers and newcomers, all are welcome! To purchase this book, click here.
NYZ, Dharma Studies Intro To Zen Series, May 3, 10, 17, 31, noon to 2:00 p.m. The Dharma Studies program's inaugural Introduction to Buddhism series will begin on May 3. The four-week series will be structured around the acclaimed PBS documentary "The Buddha", by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin. The film explores the life of the Buddha and the history of Buddhism, as well as how the Buddha's teachings may be incorporated into daily life. Each class will look at one of the four sections of the film and will be led by a senior ZSS student. Registration is required in advance. The cost for the series is $50. To reserve your space, please email or call (212) 861-3333.
DBZ, Nyogen Senzaki Sesshin, May 5-10. Please join us as 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. This will be a beautiful time to practice at DBZ, as the mountain warms and blooms.
NYZ, Japanese Dharma Talk, May 9, 2-5:00 p.m. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha, will give a Dharma talk in Japanese on the teachings of Shinran Shonin. All are welcome to join. There is no admission fee, though a donation would be greatly appreciated.
NYZ, Dharma Talk on Shin Buddhism, May 11, 7-9:00 p.m. Rev. Miki Nakura will offer instruction and lead a short seiza meditation session. He will then give a talk in English on the teachings of Shinran Shonin, whose influential teachings form the core of Shin Buddhism; there will be time after for questions and discussion. All are welcome to join. Donations are appreciated.
DBZ, Yoga and Zen Weekend, May 15-17. 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, Nyogen Senzaki All-Day Sit, May 16. 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. In addition to the usual zazen, chanting, and kinhin, Hokuto Dan Diffin will offer Dharma interviews and a Dharma talk. 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 (212) 861-3333.
DBZ, Intro to Zen Weekend, May 22-24. Introduction to Zen weekends at Dai Bosatsu Zendo 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 (for traditional silent, formal meals), and work practice. Our abbot, Shinge Roshi, will give a Dharma talk and will meet with participants for a question-and-answer period. The weekend will conclude with informal lunch and discussion on Sunday afternoon.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, May 24, 3:30-5 p.m. When some of the first Westerners, such as Ruth Fuller Sasaki, were going to Japan in the twentieth century to seek instruction in Zen, D. T. Suzuki and other Zen teachers sometimes recommended they take up seiza meditation as a complement to zazen practice. In this spirit, Rev. Miki Nakura offers instruction and leads seiza meditation sessions at New York Zendo.
NYZ, Book Club/Sangha Night, May 27, 7-9 a.m. Following one sit, the NYZ Book Club will gather in the Dharma Hall to discuss pages 51-98 of Eknath Easwaran's translation of and commentaries on the Dhammapada over tea and refreshments. Members and nonmembers, old-timers and newcomers -- all are welcome! To purchase this book, click here.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, June 5-7.
NYZ, Gempo Roshi All-Day Sit, June 20.
NYZ, Summer Interim (except for Tues-Fri morning zazen), June 21 till Sept. 3.
DBZ, Anniversary Sesshin, June 27-July 4.
DBZ, Family Weekend, August 21-23.
DBZ, Summer Work Exchange Program, July 6-August 23.
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 the opportunity to live, work, and practice at DBZ for the entire Summer Interim or for any shorter period of at least ten days. There is no fee for the program.
Participants 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.
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.
DAI BOSATSU ZENDO EVENTS: To make a reservation or for more information, call Dai Bosatsu Zendo at (845) 439-4566 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.