Independent Meditation Center Guide

"Am I inviting mindfulness into each moment, or indulging in mindless repetition of the forms of meditation practice, mistaking the form for the essence of it?"
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are.

Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji
266 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse,  New York   13207
(For best directions, please ask the center.)
Zen - Rinzai
URL www.zencenterofsyrac...
Email Click to contact via e-mail
Phone 315 492 - 9773
Center's Description
The Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji is dedicated to the remarkably subtle, profound, yet simple practice of meditation. In continuous operation since 1972, it is one of the oldest Zen Buddhist centers in the United States

The Zen Center provides a wide range of opportunities for the cultivation of mindfulness, including beginners' classes, four zazen (meditation) meetings per week, dokusan (private interviews with the teacher), a three-day sesshin (intensive retreat) four times a year, Dharma study meetings, and Tibetan Buddhist practice.

The center also holds workshops and courses in Zen and the arts with such guest artists as Kazuaki Tanahashi for brushwork and grand master Nyogetsu Ronnie Seldin for shakuhachi (bamboo flute), special events and conferences, family celebrations such as weddings, baby welcomings, dedications, funerals, and memorial services.

With the understanding that meditation can play a complementary role in the management of a variety of medical conditions, the center runs a program called "Well/Being:Contemplative Practices in Healing" to help health care professionals, their clients, and the wider community benefit from the healing power of mindfulness. Courses and presentations include tai chi, stress reduction, working with the dying, and teaching meditation to substance abuse counselors.

In addition to its own scheduled activities, The Zen Center offers outreach programs in the community. Members lead meditation twice a week at Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel and provide meditation instruction at area schools, recovery and justice system institutions, organizations, hospitals, and corporations.

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