Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji

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Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji
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Denomination Rinzai
Founded July 4, 1976
Founder(s) Soen Nakagawa & Eido Tai Shimano
Address 223 Beecher Lake Road, Livingston Manor, New York 12758-6000
Country United States
Website http://www.daibosatsu.org
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Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji, or International Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji, is a Rinzai monastery and retreat center located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Maintained by the Zen Studies Society, Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji is led by Shinge-Shitsu Roko Sherry Chayat. Located on 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) near Beecher Lake[1] in a deciduous forest region,[2] Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji was established on July 4, 1976.[1] The site offers daily services which include zazen, chanting and samu (work). Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji also offers traditional ango — "a three-month period of intensive spiritual training in a Zen monastery during the rainy season in summer"[3] — in addition to weeklong sesshins and weekend retreats throughout the year.[1] The monastery site is located atop a 2-mile (3.2 km) drive that passes through "Sangha Meadow", a cemetery for housing the cremated remains of deceased sangha members (including a portion of the ashes of Soen Nakagawa).[2]

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  1. ^ a b Wilson, 146–147
  2. ^ a b Keenan, xiii–xiv; 192
  3. ^ Fischer-Schreiber, et al.; 13