Zen Studies Society
Wednesday 3 February 2010, by
The Zen Studies Society was established in 1956 to assist the Buddhist scholar D.T. Suzuki in his efforts to introduce Zen to the West. In 1965, it came under the leadership of a Japanese Zen monk, Eido Tai Shimano, who shifted the emphasis towards zazen (Zen meditation) practice. With his dedicated energy, and the help of many dharma friends and supporters, two centers for Zen practice came into being— New York Zendo Shobo-Ji, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-Ji, deep in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.
In 1972, Eido Shimano Roshi received dharma transmission from Soen Nakagawa Roshi, and today serves as the abbot and spiritual teacher of these two zendos in the Japanese Rinzai Zen tradition.
New York Zendo Shobo-Ji
On September 15, 1968, New York Zendo Shobo-Ji (Temple of True Dharma) was opened. A pioneer Zen center in the upper East side of Manhattan, New York Zendo provides authentic Rinzai Zen practice to people living in the city. Shobo-Ji is a converted 3-story carriage house, the ground floor is the main Zendo (meditation hall) and there is a smaller Zendo adjacent to it. Tatami, shoji screens and a beautiful traditional Japanese stone garden give Shobo-Ji a quiet and elegant atmosphere.
New York Zendo Shobo-Ji is open for zazen meetings five days a week, as well as a weekly Thursday Introduction to Zazen class. Offered throughout the year are All-Day Sittings, Weekend Sesshin (retreats), Dharma talks by senior members, as well as special events and ceremonies.
Tel: (212) 861-3333
Fax: (212) 628-6968
Dai Bosatsu Zendo-Kongo-Ji
On America’s Bicentennial, July 4, 1976, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery opened deep in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Situated on 1,400 acres in the Catskill Mountain Forest Preserve, International Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji continues to offer an ideal setting for authentic Zen practice to persons of all religious and cultural backgrounds, as well as to lay and ordained Zen students.
Students from all over the world gather to receive traditional monastic training and enjoy the opportunity to actualize true realization and understanding through deep, introspective inquiry. Zen training utilizes the discipline of structured daily zazen and work, with the guidance of Abbot Eido Shimano Roshi and the support of the Sangha (community).
Tel: (845) 439-4566
Fax: (845) 439-3119