Winter Life at DBZ, December 11 - March 19, 2017. Interested in deepening your meditation practice? Join the monastics and lay residents at Dai Bosatsu Zendo for our winter interim work-study program. There is no fee required. All we ask is that you engage in the daily practice and activities of a harmonious Zen community, cultivating a daring spirit and a compassionate heart. To find out more, click for PDF.
UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
NYZ, Seiza Meditation and Shin Buddhist Teachings, October 23. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto, and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha, will lead seiza meditation, 3:30-5 p.m.
NYZ, Book Discussion/Sangha Night, October 26, November 30, 8 p.m. Following one sit, we will discuss The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti, translated with an Introduction by Robert Thurman. Members and nonmembers, old-timers and newcomers -- all are welcome! To purchase this book, click here. The monthly discussion will continue online between meetings.
NYZ, Guest Teaching by Eran Junryu Vardi Roshi, October 27, November 17, December 15, 5:45-9 p.m. Junryu Roshi is the Founder of Eiryu-ji Zen Center in Wycoff, New Jersey. He is a Dharma teacher in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and a member of the White Plum Asanga. Junryu is also an Aikido instructor, holding the rank of 6th Dan, Shidoin. He will provide Zen practice interviews at 5:45 p.m. and meditation instruction for new students at 7 p.m., and will offer teisho. Please email the office if you wish to meet for a practice interview with Junryu Roshi.
NYZ, Samu (work practice), November 5, December 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month, we will take care of the temple, working on cleaning and upkeep projects. After morning service and zazen, we will have a brief informal tea gathering before getting to work.
DBZ, Harvest Five-Day Sesshin, November 1-6. After the long and divisive election season we all need the respite of Harvest Sesshin, which ends just before Election Day. Led by our abbot, Shinge Roshi, this sesshin will offer us a refreshing and nurturing opportunity to enter into deep silence and clarity of mind, further developing our insight, compassion, and equanimity. Please join us.
NYZ, Soen Shaku Sesshin, led by Dokuro Roland Jaeckel Osho, Abbot of Charles River Zen. November 11-13. Please join us as we come together under the leadership of Dokuro Roland Jaeckel Osho, to celebrate the life and teaching of the first Rinzai Zen Master to bring the teachings of the Buddha-Dharma to the West. Sesshin begins on Friday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon. Formal meals will be served. Full participation is encouraged, though part-time participation will be considered as space allows. There will be limited room to accommodate overnight participants at the temple. A suggested donation of $125 for members or $150 for nonmembers is appreciated.
DBZ, Introduction To Zen, November 11-13. Intro To Zen weekend at Dai Bosatsu Zendo is a unique opportunity to experience an in-depth introduction to Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice in a monastic environment. The program begins on Friday in the late afternoon with an informal dinner followed by a detailed meditation orientation. The next morning, during breakfast is an orientation for the nested Japanese bowls. We 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. Juyo Dennis Giacomo will give a talk and meet with participants in a question-and-answer period. The weekend concludes with informal lunch and discussion on Sunday afternoon.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation and Shin Buddhist Teachings, November 14. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto, and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha, will lead seiza meditation, 3:30-5 p.m.
NYZ, Shakuhachi Concert and Workshop, by Nyogetsu Ronnie Seldin, November 18, 7 p.m. Sui-Zen (Blowing Meditation): A beginning workshop on the Shakuhachi (Japanese end-blown bamboo flute). This special workshop will be dedicated to an Introduction to the Shakuhachi, and you will be taught to start playing the oldest of all Shakuhachi pieces, "Kyorei," which dates back 1,000 years. The instructor will be Grand Master Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin, who has been performing and teaching for more than 40 years and is the founder and head of KiSuiAn Shakuhachi Dojo, the oldest and most active place to study shakuhachi outside Japan. He will perform a short concert for us. No experience is necessary for this workshop, and shakuhachi will be provided (you may bring your own if you have one). Suggested admission charge is $20 for members, $40 for non-members; sliding scale is available.
DBZ, Mondo Zen Koan Practice, November 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All are invited to DBZ for an interactive program presented by Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi. He was Vice Abbot and head monk, as well as resident yoga teacher, at Dai Bosatsu Zendo from 1987 to 1993, and received Dharma Transmission from Eido Roshi in 1992. His yoga lineage is that of BKS Iyengar and Patabi Jois. Jun Po Roshi has been practicing, studying, and teaching Zen and yoga for more than 40 years. Abbot of Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen, Jun Po spent more than 20 years developing and refining a 16-koan practice that he named Mondo Zen, focusing on the depth of mind accessible in every moment and the necessity for understanding and transforming emotional reactivity into loving compassion and deep insight. Mondo Zen "aims to combine the best of Zen's meditative insight with philosophical reorientation and cutting-edge emotional intelligence," Jun Po says.
NYZ, Shojin Ryori, traditional Japanese Buddhist temple cuisine, November 19 and 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Shojin ryori is an ancient form of Buddhist temple cooking that uses simple, seasonal vegetarian ingredients in elegant, beautiful presentations. The experience of making and enjoying shojin ryori connects you to the heart, spirit, and traditions of Japan. In this workshop, you will learn to prepare a complete shojin ryori meal with Masami Asao-san, one of Japan's leading instructors and a resident of Jokoku-ji, a 350-year-old temple in Tokyo. Cost is $75 per session ($125 for both). The menu will be somewhat different on the second day. Space is limited, so please register early!
DBZ, Thanksgiving Celebration, November 24-25. We invite you and your family to join us for our yearly Thanksgiving dinner. The celebration begins with a Dharma talk by Shinge Roshi on Thursday afternoon, followed by a delicious vegetarian feast. An informal brunch on Friday concludes the event. Guests are welcome to enjoy the monastery and grounds before departing.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation and Shin Buddhist Teachings, November 27. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto, and the Jodo-Shinshu Shin-Buddhist New York Sangha, will deliver a talk in Japanese and lead seiza meditation.
DBZ, Rohatsu Sesshin, November 30-December 8. Rohatsu (a Japanese word meaning "the eighth day of the last month of the year") Sesshin is held each year in Zen monasteries throughout the world to commemorate the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, which occurred when he saw a star at dawn on the eighth day of his retreat. In this intensive sesshin, we manifest the Buddha's determination as he sat beneath the Bodhi tree, vowing not to rise until he achieved true awakening. Every student contributes to and takes strength from the powerful energy and determination of all, creating an unsurpassed opportunity for deep practice and realization.
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
DAI BOSATSU ZENDO EVENTS: To make a reservation or for more information, call Dai Bosatsu Zendo at (845) 439-4566 or e-mail the office.
Office hours: Tues - Sat, 9am to 4:30pm; Sunday, 9am to 12pm.
NEW YORK ZENDO EVENTS:
Tuesdays through Fridays 6:45-7:45: Zazen
Saturdays 9:30 -11:30: Morning Service, zazen, temple cleaning, informal tea
Tuesdays 7-9: Tai chi class and zazen. Please contact Riki Kixmiller to confirm attendance several days in advance.
Wednesdays 7-9: Zazen
Thursdays 7-9: Intro to Zen Meditation class and zazen
Fridays 7-9: Zazen
To make a reservation or for more information, contact the New York Zendo office.