UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
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.
NYZ, Dharma Studies Intro To Zen Series, May 31, noon to 2:00 p.m. The Dharma Studies program's inaugural Introduction to Buddhism 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, Samu Weekend, June 5-7. This weekend of zazen and work practice will include cooking, cleaning, and tending the grounds (weather permitting), as well as special projects to help maintain the monastery. Mindful work is emphasized. All are welcome, but please let us know in advance if you will attend so that we can plan accordingly. If this will be your first visit to DBZ, please arrive on Friday afternoon before 6:00 p.m. to attend an orientation. There is no fee for participation in samu weekends, but donations are gratefully accepted.
NYZ, Dharma Talk on Shin Buddhism, June 8, 7-9 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. There is no admission fee, though a donation would be greatly appreciated.
NYZ, Japanese Dharma Talk, June 13, 2-5 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. Donations are appreciated.
NYZ, Gempo Roshi All-Day Sit, June 20. Please join us for our annual Segaki Service at New York Zendo Shobo-ji. For one day, we invite the spirits of our ancestors back into the temple and offer our chanting in gratitude to the profound impact the lives of all who've come before us have on our own lives. Whether or not you will attend, if you would like the names of your loved ones included in the chanting dedication, please email the office with a list. 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.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, June 21. 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, Summer Interim (except for Tues-Fri morning zazen), June 22 till Sept. 3. (See below for more detail).
DBZ, Anniversary Sesshin, June 27-July 4. We invite you to commemorate the formal dedication of DBZ, which occurred 39 years ago on July 4, 1976, by attending this special sesshin. Sitting together on Dai Bosatsu mountain, listening to the profusion of birds and feeling the gentle breezes blowing through our opening hearts, we will experience the profound stillness that inspires us to encounter our true nature. On July 4th we will walk around Beecher Lake, over the bridges, meeting again the animals and plants who share our lives. Shinge Roshi will offer teisho and dokusan; there will be an optional yoga class each afternoon. Once again we will end sesshin with a special purification ceremony and Council, sharing the Three Infinities: infinite gratitude for what we have received in the past, infinite service to all beings in the present, and infinite responsibility, concern, and vision for the future.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, June 17-19.
DBZ, Obon Samu, July 28-31.
DBZ, Obon, August 1-2.
DBZ, Family Weekend, August 21-23. This is the Year of the Sheep, and we've invited West Coast fiber/installation artist Mandy Greer for a two-week artist's residency at DBZ that will culminate with our Family Weekend. She will lead us in creating a participatory fiber-based environmental installation using old clothes and wool sourced from ethically-run sheep farms (click here for pdf to read more about this project). We will have an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, to share the installation and our beautiful natural environment with our neighbors from the wider Catskills community, and will also hear a presentation by a wildlife expert on beavers.
NYZ, 47th Anniversary Sesshin, September 18-20.
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.
NYZ Summer Interim, June 22 - September 2. The zendo will be closed except for the ongoing weekly events listed below:
Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 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, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Intro to Zen class and zazen
Tuesday-Friday mornings, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Zazen
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.