UPCOMING EVENTS: (contact info at bottom of page)
DBZ, FAMILY WEEKEND, August 21-23. Click here to reserve your space. Picnics, swimming in the lake, a participatory art installation, plus a beaver expert telling us about the lives of beavers--and showing us their habitats here at Beecher Lake. And, 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 Family Weekend. She will create 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 5pm on Saturday, August 22, to share the installation with our neighbors from the wider Catskills community. Dr. Owen J. Brown, the president of Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife Inc. will give us an audiovisual presentation on this enigmatic and misunderstood creature and its place in our world.
NYZ, Summer Interim (except for Tues-Fri morning zazen), now until Sept. 3. (See below for more detail).
DBZ, Obon Samu, July 28-31. Come early for O-Bon and help us prepare! 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 (contact us 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, Obon, August 1-2. This beautiful and moving ceremony will honor our ancestors, family members, and other loved ones who have passed away, as well as the hungry ghosts within and outside us. We will begin on Saturday afternoon by painting the names of our deceased loved ones on paper lanterns and 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 twelve 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, Samu Weekend, September 11-13. Join us for a weekend of zazen and work practice. When the weather allows, samu weekends focus on outdoor work, such as gardening and raking. Participants may also engage in nittensoji, tenzo work, 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; 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, Yoga & Zen Weekend, September 11-13. Regain your own natural rhythm and reconnect with yourself and with nature. Immerse yourself in two daily yoga sessions, pranayama, and Zen meditation. Refresh your spirit by taking a leisurely walk around the lake, or hike through 1,400 acres of unspoiled forest. No previous experience with yoga or Zen practice is required. An introduction to Zen meditation will be offered for those who wish to sit. Please arrive on Friday by 4pm for our opening Yoga Blend Restorative class and optional meditation; depart on Sunday at 2pm, and return home renewed and refreshed.
NYZ, 47th Anniversary Sesshin, September 18-20. Led by Shinge Roshi.
DBZ, Golden Wind Sesshin, September 26-October 3. Shunan Noritake Roshi, Abbot of Reiun-in in Kyoto, Japan, will join us for part of Golden Wind sesshin. Noritake Roshi is the abbot of Reiun-in, a subtemple of Myoshin-ji. Having served as inji to Yamada Mumon Roshi in his youth, he is the Dharma uncle of Harada Shodo Roshi. Noritake Roshi is also founder of the International Zen Friendship Association (IZFA). He will offer teisho on the Rinzai Roku on September 28, 29, and 30; sesshin participants will also have an opportunity to meet with him privately. He will be accompanied by Yasunori Hisata Osho and nun Okajima-san from Myoshin-ji. Applications for this sesshin are being taken now.
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.
DBZ Garden volunteers are welcome. Please call ahead to let us know your plans.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.