Rochester Zen Center

Ways to Engage (off the cushion) at RZC

Upcoming events:

  • Vegetarian potluck dinner: Saturday, June 21st at Arnold Park. Come early for informal zazen and be ready for the dinner bell to ring promptly at 6pm. There will be an opportunity after cleanup for those interested to play games. Bring a favorite or take a chance on learning something new provided by the Board Game Appreciation Group. Contact Kathy Collina ( to RSVP, ask questions or to coordinate a dish.
  • Dwain Wilder and Valentina Kutyifa will lead a 3-Sunday workshop titled “Touching Poetry, Touching Zen” at Arnold Park. The workshops will take place on July 6th, August 10th and September 7th at 11am following Sunday’s brunch and will include readings of a few poems or prose and a group discussion. See flyer for more details or contact Dwain Wilder in person or via e-mail at (

Rochester Zen Center Guest Speaker Series 2014:

Dr. Anthony Cerulli , Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, offered three lectures this year on Buddhist related topics. Lectures were given on three Sundays – March 9: The Four Noble Truths in Context - the history and representation of the Four Noble Truths in early Buddhism, April  6: Buddhist Teaching, Buddhist Experience – what the Buddha taught as a “network of teachings” meant for the cultivation of religious experience among Buddhist practitioners, and May 4: Buddhism after the Buddha: Cultures of Buddhism in Asia and Elsewhere – some of the places that Buddhism spread after the Buddha, with a highlight on some of the ways that Buddhist ideas and practices were modified to fit, and incorporated into, the new cultures.

Recorded Talks from the 2014 Guest Speaker Series:  

March 9, 2014 - The Four Noble Truths in Context

April 6, 2014 - Buddhist Teaching, Buddhist Experience

May 4, 2014 – Buddhism after the Buddha

On-going activities:

  • Old Age Sickness and Death: The Buddha’s Journey – an open and ongoing group meeting for support and discussion. This group gathers to provide support and discuss these issues from a Buddhist perspective. The group meets regularly every 2-3 weeks, typically following Sunday zazen and brunch. All are welcomed and encouraged to join. Contact Wayman Kubicka ( for information about the next meeting.
  • Serving Meals to the Hungry – Andy McClain leads a group of 10-15 volunteers at the Asbury Caring and Dining Center. We help prepare and plate meals, as well as give full table service to anywhere from 60-120 guests. The dates of our rotation for the upcoming year are Sundays 3/16, 5/18, 7/20, 9/21 and 11/23. The shifts now begin at 11:00 a.m. and run to around 1:45. Many of us meet here at the Zen Center after Sunday’s brunch at 10:45 to walk down to the church. If you are interested in volunteering and/or want more information, contact Andy (
  • “Seeing Through Racism” group -  meets with the intention of removing our separation from others. With racism being one of the most insidious sources of dukkha in our culture, we strive to gain personal insight into it. We seek to abandon it on an individual level, to dismantle it on an institutional level, and to uproot it in our sangha. Discussions, chanting, videos and other activities. Questions? Contact Gerry Dartt, 585-406-4531 or Jim Thompson, 585-703-7739.

Contact to ask questions or get further details on any event


Recorded talks from the Shūdō Brian Schroeder 2013 Lecture Series

January 20, 2013 – Original and Acquired Enlightenment

March 10, 2013 – Emptiness and Mind

Recorded talks from the Anthony Cerulli 2012 Lecture Series

February 19, 2012 - The Search for the Historical Buddha

March 11, 2012 - The Buddha on Life and How to Live It