UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, March 29, 3:30-5:00pm. 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.
DBZ, Holy Days Sesshin, April 5–12. At this sesshin, we will honor the birth of the baby Buddha with a special ceremony and beautiful flower pavilion and also commemorate Master Rinzai, the father of our school. Experience the beginning of the season of renewal on the mountain, with early spring breezes, new shoots emerging through snow, and ice melting on the lake. It is a wonderful time for spiritual resurgence after a long, hard winter. Please note, this sesshin begins Sunday evening to allow participants to share Passover or Easter with their families and friends.
NYZ, Dharma Talk on Shin Buddhism, April 6, 7-9pm. 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 are appreciated.
NYZ, Japanese Dharma Talk, April 11, 2-5pm. 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, Sangha Arts Celebration, April 11, 7-9pm. New York Zendo is reviving an old tradition of showcasing the artwork of its members. If you create artworks in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, or sculpture-- consider bringing your work to share. Performance pieces, poetry, and dance are also welcome. Anyone who has practiced at the zendo is welcome to contribute. The event is free; refreshments will be provided. For information, please email Tenrai here.
NYZ, Buddha's Birthday All-Day Sit, April 18, 8am-6pm. Please join us as we come together to celebrate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. In addition to the regular rounds of zazen and kinhin, the schedule will include a Mandala Day chanting service and the annual Bathing the Baby Buddha ceremony. 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 the zendo.
NYZ, Seiza Meditation, April 19, 3:30-5:00pm. 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.
DBZ, Samu Weekend, April 24-26. 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, Shojin Ryori Workshop, April 25-26, 10am-1pm. Shojin ryori is an ancient form of Buddhist temple cooking that uses only simple, seasonal vegetarian ingredients. The experience of making and eating 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 Ms. Masami Asao, one of Japan's leading instructors and resident of Jokokuji, a 350-year-old temple in Tokyo. $75 per session ($125 for both). Students taking both classes can expect some variation to the menu on the second day. Space is limited, so please register early! For more information or to reserve your space, please call or email the zendo.
NYZ, Book Club/Sangha Night, April 29, 7-9am. 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
DBZ, Nyogen Senzaki Sesshin, May 5-10
DBZ, Yoga and Zen Weekend, May 15-17
NYZ, Nyogen Senzaki All-Day Sit, May 16
DBZ, Intro to Zen Weekend, May 22-24
Reminder: DBZ is closed for Winter Interim, Please note that DBZ will be closed 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.