Rochester Zen Center

August 12, 2015

Founder’s Day

This Sunday, August 16, will be our annual commemoration of Roshi Philip Kapleau, founder of the Rochester Zen Center. The schedule will be much the same as other Sundays – sitting, teisho, and brunch at the usual time – but with a couple of nods, or bows, to our founder.

Sesshin Dates for 2016

Dates for most of the sesshins scheduled for next year are posted on the website here. For various reasons, including the logistics of our 50th anniversary celebration, we won’t have a June sesshin in 2016.

Zen Center Team Participation in the George Eastman House PhotoFinish 5K

The Special Events Committee will be registering an RZC team for the annual 5K run/walk hosted by the George Eastman House. This year the race will take place on Saturday, October 3. If you won’t be attending the October sesshin, please consider joining us! This community run/walk is unique in that it allows non-profits to raise funds for themselves. So we’ll be raising funds to support the Center. Details on how to join the RZC team will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can take advantage of the $25 “early-bird” pre-registration rate by signing up at http://photofinish5k.eastmanhouse.org/event-info/register/. After August 23, the registration fee increases to $30.

2016 Public Market Calendar

Zen Center member Margaret Miyake has created a 2016 calendar of the Rochester Public Market. Titled “ABCs at the Public Market: from A to Z and More,” the calendar features the seasons’ changes in the market environment as well as produce and products sold throughout the year. The price is one for $13 or three for $35. Margaret will deliver them to the Center for the buyer to pick up, or other arrangements can be made. If you’re interested in purchasing a calendar, please contact Margaret at mwmiyake@hotmail.com. Here’s a link to the cover page.

Re-forming EarthVigil

EarthVigil last acted in stellar conjunction with the People’s Climate March, in New York City last September, sitting steadily for most of two days in Central Park, along the beginning of the parade route.

Roshi and a few of the crew will meet Wednesday, August 19, in Roshi’s quarters at the Zen Center, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. We will begin forming a steering committee and begin developing goals, strategy and tactics. If you have interest and time to dedicate to this urgent matter of climate change, please join us!

August 4, 2015

Dokusan and Daisan Re-jiggering

With participants for the annual meeting of the American Zen Teachers’ Association arriving at Chapin Mill this Wednesday, Roshi will not be giving dokusan that morning. Instead, he’ll give it this evening (Tuesday, August 4), and that will be the last dokusan of the week. Otherwise the schedule tonight will follow the usual Tuesday format, with three 25-minute rounds (and group instruction), followed by chanting. The only change is dokusan rather than daisan (private instruction).

The daisan ordinarily scheduled for Tuesday evening will be offered (by John Pulleyn) this Thursday evening instead. The Friday evening daisan offered by Eryl Kubicka will be as usual this week.

The usual schedule of dokusan and daisan will resume next week with Monday evening’s dokusan.

Coming-to-the-Path Talk and Sangha Meeting This Sunday

Rick Smith will be giving a coming-to-the-path talk this Sunday, August 9, following the usual Sunday morning sitting. The scheduled Sangha meeting will follow Rick’s talk.

July 17, 2015

Picnic Tomorrow at Chapin Mill!

Join us if you can. Every year, it’s wonderful to connect with other Sangha members and their families and friends (pets included). Details are below, cut and pasted from last week’s e-mail. One change – since the corn crop hasn’t arrived here in Rochester yet, the Center’s kitchen is making potato salad.

This year’s potluck picnic at Chapin Mill is set for Saturday, July 18. Everyone is invited – Sangha, friends, children and dogs! Plan to arrive any time from 11 a.m. on (or earlier and help with set-up); lunch will be served from 1:00 to 2:00. Bring a vegetarian main dish or dessert to pass (enough for eight people); the Center will provide potato salad, fruit, beverages, and ice cream. Bring clothes for swimming, volleyball, and hiking. Also bring blankets or folding chairs if you’d like.

If you need a ride or can offer one, give us a call at the Center (585-473-9180), and we’ll make it happen.

July 9, 2015

All-day Sitting on Sunday

This Sunday, July 12, we’ll have an all-day sitting, and Roshi will give teisho during the 8:30 to 10:30 block. The schedule for the day and a bit more information are posted on the website here.

Sangha Picnic

This year’s potluck picnic at Chapin Mill is set for Saturday, July 18; Sunday the 19th is the rain date. Everyone is invited – Sangha, friends, children and dogs! Plan to arrive any time from 11 a.m. on (or earlier and help with set-up); lunch will be served from 1:00 to 2:00. Bring a vegetarian main dish or dessert to pass (enough for eight people); the Center will provide corn-on-the-cob, fruit, beverages, and ice cream. Bring clothes for swimming, volleyball, and hiking. Also bring blankets or folding chairs if you’d like.

If you need a ride or can offer one, give us a call at the Center (473-9180), and we’ll make it happen.

July 2, 2015

Shakuhachi Performance by Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin: Sunday, July 5

The Special Events Committee will host a shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) concert by Grand Master Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin on Sunday, July 5, at 4:00 pm in the Buddha Hall. The free concert is open to the public. For those interested in giving the flute a try, Ronnie will offer a free introductory lesson immediately following his performance (instruments provided). If you think you’d like to take advantage of the free lesson, please RSVP by emailing Ronnie at nyogetsu@gmail.com.

Ronnie has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Asia Society, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards, as well as an Oscar and Grammy nomination. CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase at the performance. To learn more, go to www.nyogetsu.com.

Coming Up on the Calendar

The Center is closed Saturday for the Fourth of July. There will be a sitting at the usual time on Sunday morning the following day. On Sunday, July 12, we’ll have an all-day sitting, and Roshi will be giving teisho. Finally, our annual picnic at Chapin Mill is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 (details to follow).

Looking for Transportation

Sangha member Lee London, is looking for someone to drive him to a medical procedure on Monday, July 27, at 8 am (previous arrangements having fallen through). If you can help, email Lee at leeilondon@gmail.com.

RZC Team Planned for the George Eastman PhotoFinish 5K (Sat. Oct. 3)

Save the date and start training! The Special Events Committee will be registering an RZC team for the annual 5K run/walk hosted by the George Eastman House. This race is unique in that it allows non-profits to raise funds for their own organization. Details on how to join the RZC team will be shared next month.

June 16, 2015

All-day Sitting and Youth Sunday

There’s an all-day sitting scheduled for Sunday, June 21, which is also a Youth Sunday.  Eryl will send info out to the parents group, and here’s a link to details of the all-day.

One Week Until the Work Retreat!

Act now and reserve a place at the 2015 Ralph Chapin Memorial Work Retreat (Tuesday evening, June 23, through Saturday lunch, June 27).  We’ve got rooms, cushions, work, food and fun for everyone who’d like to join in.  Get to know some of those people sitting alongside you in the zendo!  Information and pictures from previous years are posted on the web site (click here).  Give us a call or email John (john@rzc.org).

You can come for all or any part (whether sitting or work).  There is no fee, but donations for food will be appreciated.  We ask again this year that you bring your own bedding; we have a rental that starts after we finish up, so there isn’t time for multiple loads of laundry.  The schedule is listed below – a nice balance of sitting, work, and recreation:

Tuesday evening
7:00-9:00 Zazen
Wednesday-Friday:
5:15 am Wakeup
5:45-7:00 Zazen, chanting
7:15 Breakfast
7:45 Work meeting
10:30 Tea break in courtyard
12:45 pm Lunch in Retreat Center Dining Room
1:30-2:00 Clean-up
2:00-7:00 Fun!  Hiking, swimming, chatting, ice cream runs…
4:15-6:00 Leftovers available for dinner in Retreat Center Dining Room
7:00-9:00 Zazen (with daisan Tues & Thurs, dokusan Wed & Fri)
SaturdaySame except breakfast at 7:30, Work meeting at 8:00, Barbecue lunch at 1:00.Music in the HoodSusanna Guarino sang at Sangha Entertainment Night, and several people mentioned an interest in catching her act again.  She’ll be performing June 20, 8 pm, at Starry Nites and July 1, 9 pm, at The Bug Jar.

June 13, 2015

Roshi Gone Next Week

Roshi will be gone through Sunday, June 20.  The next dokusan will be Monday evening, June 21.

Jane Xhilone and Russ Keptner are Leaving

But they’d love to see you before they go and sent this invitation:

It’s Only Goodbye until Our Next Hello…

Sangha members Jane and Ross are moving to Seattle at the end of this month.  In our humble opinion, there is only one way to deal with having to say goodbye, and that’s to have a sangha-wide party! So, please join us for a casual afternoon of catching up with Jane & Ross once more before they launch themselves into their new lives on the West Coast.

Date: Saturday, June 20

Time: 2:00-6:00 pm

Place: The Basham-Collina Home – 278 Canterbury Rd, Rochester

We’ll have music, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Feel free to bring your favorite drink or a vegetarian dish to share. Or just bring yourself and your significant other. We hope you can make it!