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Upcoming Events

Sunday October 1 (Online)

Zen of Living and Dying

Lotus sculpture found in the Chapin Mill courtyard

October 5-26 (Hybrid)

Fall Term Intensive

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Saturday October 7 (In-person)

Saturday Dokusan (John-sensei)

Saturday October 7 (Online)

Finding Your Seat

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Sunday October 8 (Hybrid)


Tuesday October 10 (In-person)

Bodhidharma Day

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Saturday October 14 (In-person)

Introduction to Zen: Meditation Workshop

Sunday October 22 (Hybrid)

Extended Sitting

Monday October 23 (Online)

Parent Practice Group

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Chapin Mill

Our Retreat Center

A spacious, light-filled setting
designed for meditation practice


Recent Zen Talks

September 17, 2023

Work Practice

How to engage your practice in the midst of activity, whether it involves manual work or intellectually-demanding tasks. Resources: Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp (Walker Books, 2000).  “The Value of ‘Deep Work’ in an Age of Distraction,” Hidden Brain podcast featuring Cal Newport (July 25, 2017). Teisho by Sensei Dhara Kowal. Automated Transcript

September 10, 2023

Working With Obstructions in Our Zazen

September 2023 Sesshin, Day 2
Reading from Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana. Dharma Talk by Ven. Trueman Taylor. Automated Transcript

September 9, 2023

Meditation: Why Bother?

September 2023 Sesshin, Day 1
Meditation: Why Bother? Developing the Right Attitude. Reading from Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana. Dharma Talk by Ven. Trueman Taylor. Automated Transcript

August 20, 2023

Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau: Mumonkan #38 “A Buffalo Goes Through a Window”

From October 1975 Sesshin, Day 1. A commentary on the koan and the teacher- student dynamic. Played on Founder’s Day – August 20, 2023. Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau. Automated Transcript

July 23, 2023

Ta Hui and “Swampland Flowers” #1

July 2023 Sesshin, Day 1
Roshi Kjolhede begins this teisho with biographical highlights of Zen Master Ta Hui, based on Andy Ferguson’s Zen’s Chinese Heritage: The Master’s and Their Teachings.   He then continues with a commentary on Swampland Flowers: The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui. (translated by J.C. Cleary). Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Automated Transcript

Treasure Trove of Past Talks

Our Quarterly Magazine

Zen Bow

Zen Bow is our quarterly publication featuring writings from members of our Sangha

Snooty Zen Monk

From Autumn 2018, Vol. XL, No. 3

Zen and The Art of Snobbery
by Anonymous

From Summer 2019, Vol. XLI, No. 2

Sei and Her Soul Separate
by Roshi Philip Kapleau

Contact Us

Rochester Zen Center
7 Arnold Park
Rochester, NY 14607-2082

Telephone: (585) 473-9180
Fax: (585) 473-6846

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 8:00am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Our offices are closed on Sundays and Mondays

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