Anniversary Celebration talks and photos on-line now. We know that many people who wished to attend the celebration either could not make it or responded too late for our limited space to accommodate, so we've posted both photos and talks on-line. The photos can be be seen on our Facebook page, and the talks are posted to our YouTube Channel.
Share your own DBZ Anniversary Photos on Flickr or Facebook. Celebrate with us by contributing your own photos of this wonderful event. To add your photos, just upload them to our Facebook or Flickr pages. Inclusion of tags and captions is optional but encouraged.
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, 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. Introduction to Zen weekends at Dai Bosatsu Zendo are a unique opportunity to experience authentic Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice in a monastic environment. The extended format begins Thursday in the late afternoon with a detailed orientation. We focus intensively throughout the weekend on central elements of Zen practice--zazen (seated meditation with attention to posture and breath), chanting, jihatsu practice (bowls used in traditional silent, formal meals), and work practice. Our abbot, Shinge Roshi, will give a Dharma talk and will meet with participants for a question-and-answer period. The weekend will conclude with informal lunch and discussion on Sunday afternoon. 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, Summer Interim, August 29-September 14.
NYZ, 48th Anniversary Sesshin, September 16-18. Please join us as Shinge Roshi leads us in commemorating the founding of our temple. New York Zendo Shobo-ji officially opened its doors on September 15, 1968. It was one of the first Rinzai Zen practice centers to be established in the United States. For nearly half a century, we have continued to provide authentic Rinzai Zen training amid the never-ending bustle of life in Manhattan. Shinge Roshi will offer dokusan and teisho. Sesshin begins on Friday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon. Full participation is encouraged, although part-time participation will be considered as space permits. There will be some limited space to accommodate overnight participants at the temple. 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 or to reserve your place, please email the NYZ office.
DBZ, Intro to Zen, September 16-18.
DBZ, Yoga and Zen Weekend, 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, now till 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 the office.
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.