UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ, Garden volunteers are welcome any time. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
NYZ, Sangha Night, November 26, 7 to 9 p.m. Please join us for the evening sits followed by tea and conversation. Since we all attend the zendo at different times, this is an opportunity to come together as a sangha, to meet, greet, and get to know one another. Members and nonmembers, old-timers and newcomers- all are welcome!
DBZ, Thanksgiving Celebration, November 27 - 28. We invite you and your family to join us for our yearly Thanksgiving dinner. The celebration will begin with a Dharma talk by Shinge Roshi on Thursday afternoon, followed by a delicious vegetarian feast. An informal brunch on Friday will conclude the event, but guests will be welcome to linger and enjoy the monastery and grounds.
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.
NYZ, Japanese Dharma Talk, December 6, 2 to 5 p.m. Rev. Miki Nakura, of Higashi Hongan-ji temple in Kyoto and the Shinrenbo New York Shin Buddhist 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, Rohatsu Week, December 1 - 8. We will be continuing our tradition of extra sittings throughout Rohatsu week this year.
NYZ, Dharma Talk on Shin Buddhism, December 8, 7 to 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 Jodoshinshu (True Pure Land) Buddhism; there will be time after for questions and discussion. All are welcome to join. Donations welcome.
NYZ, Fall Training Closing All-Day Sit, December 13. Please join us as we come together for the final all-day sit of our fall training period. In addition to the usual zazen, chanting, and kinhin, we will dedicate a portion of the afternoon to individual practice testimonials, when we open the floor to each participant to give a short expression of his or her practice. 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.
NYZ, New Year's Eve Chanting and Celebration, December 31, 8 p.m. This year we will reestablish a long-cherished tradition at New York Zendo Shobo-ji by ushering in 2015, the Year of the Sheep, with zazen, chanting, and the ringing of the large bell 108 times during the chanting of Kanzeon. Everyone will have the opportunity to strike the bell, make a vow, and offer incense, as we purify ourselves for the year ahead. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterward. To help us in planning the celebration, please RSVP via email or call (212) 861-3333.
Reminder: DBZ to close for Winter Interim, Please note that DBZ will be closed from mid-December 2014 through mid-March of 2015 because of needed repairs to our heating system. To contact us during this period, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the NYZ office at 212 861-3333.
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.