SUMMER WORK EXCHANGE, Now through August 28. This gorgeous summer is filled with Open Space guest weekends ranging from yoga to AA, as well as our own O-Bon Ceremony (August 13-14), and we welcome volunteers with open arms! There is a lot to do, working alongside our residents and student interns, so please come and help during this Interim work-exchange period. The daily schedule (except for rest days): Wake-up bell at 5:30 a.m., with a short morning service and zazen from 6 to 7; cleaning and samu following breakfast; lunch, clean-up, rest, samu, yoga; then zazen closes the day from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as the birds sing their evening songs. Beecher Lake is very inviting in between and after scheduled events, as are the trails around the lake and up the mountains. Come for as long as you can until August 28, when the monastery closes for two weeks.
UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
NYZ, Summer Interim, begins June 19 (see info on ongoing events below).
DBZ, 40th/60th Anniversary Samu Prep Week, June 21-24.
DBZ, 40th/60th Anniversary Sesshin, June 25-July 2. WE'RE SORRY BUT THERE IS NO AVAILABLE SPACE FOR THIS SESSHIN. The formal dedication of DBZ occurred 40 years ago on July 4th, 1976. On July 4th, 2016, we will walk around Beecher Lake, over the bridges, and meet again the animals and plants who share our lives. Shinge Roshi will offer teisho and dokusan. On July 2, the last day of sesshin, our special guest Ven. Shunan Noritake Roshi, abbot of Reiun-in in Japan, will present teisho. There will be an optional yoga class each afternoon. Once again, we will end sesshin with a special purification ceremony, 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, 40th/60th Anniversary Celebration, July 3. WE'RE SORRY BUT THERE IS NO AVAILABLE SPACE FOR THIS CELEBRATION.
DBZ, Anniversary Dawn Walk Around the Lake, July 4. WE'RE SORRY BUT THERE IS NO AVAILABLE SPACE FOR THIS CELEBRATION.
DBZ, Samu Weekend Extended, July 14-17. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice. When the weather allows, samu weekends focus on outdoor work, such as splitting firewood, gardening, and raking. Participants also engage in nittensoji, helping with meals, and other tasks in and around the monastery. Mindful work is emphasized. All are welcome, but please let us know in advance if you plan to attend so that we can plan accordingly; also, do tell us about any special talents or skills you may have! If this will be your first visit, arrive early enough on Friday to attend an orientation in the late afternoon. There is no fee for samu weekends, but donations are gratefully accepted.
DBZ, O-Bon Samu, August 9-12. Come early for O-Bon and help us prepare for this important event! Participants will join residents in morning and evening zazen and help with such tasks as preparing rooms for guests, creating lanterns, cleaning, raking, and weeding. Those who join us for all or part of this samu week will be eligible for free or discounted attendance at O-Bon (please email the office for details). All are welcome; there is no fee for this program, but please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.
DBZ, O-Bon, August 13-14. O-Bon is a moving and beautiful Buddhist ceremony that honors our ancestors, family members, and other loved ones who have passed away, and all the Hungry Ghosts within and outside us. We will begin on Saturday afternoon by doing brushwork with the names of our deceased loved ones on paper lanterns, then gather for the O-Bon dinner offering. A traditional chanting service and calling of the names of the deceased will follow, and Shinge Roshi will give a Dharma talk. We will then light our lanterns and make a silent, candle-lit procession to the bank of Beecher Lake, where we will float the glowing lanterns across the dark waters as we chant. A large bonfire and festive refreshments will complete the evening. On Sunday, there will be optional morning service and zazen, followed by breakfast. Fees are $250 for adults and $75 for children 12 and under; lodging and all meals are included. If you plan to attend and have not yet reserved your space, please call (845) 439-4566 or email the DBZ office as soon as possible.
DBZ, Intro to Zen Extended, August 25-28.
DBZ, Summer Interim, August 29-September 14.
NYZ, 48th Anniversary Sesshin, led by Shinge Roshi, September 16-18.
DBZ, Intro to Zen Extended, September 16-18.
DBZ, Yoga and Zen Weekend, September 16-18.
NYZ, 48th Anniversary Sesshin, September 16-18.
DBZ, Golden Wind Sesshin, September 24-October 1.
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
NYZ Summer Interim, June 19 - September 5. 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
Friday evenings, 7-9 p.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.