Rochester Zen Center

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)
Saturday

Same except breakfast at 7:30, Work meeting at 8:00, Barbecue lunch at 1:00.

Music in the Hood

Susanna 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!

June 10, 2015

Cancelling SanghaPalooza

Unfortunately, we’ve come up short of people signed up for SanghaPalooza and feel we need to cancel.  For those who paid, the Center will be in touch shortly to refund your money.

We’ve spoken with some of our presenters, and we’ll be able host some of the talks over the summer at Arnold Park.  Details to follow…

June 9, 2015

SanghaPalooza, Question Mark?

Last Wednesday was the registration deadline for this weekend’s SanghaPalooza, but as of this morning only nine people had registered. (In addition, some twenty of our staff will be there, but working in shifts.) With presenters coming from as far away as the East Coast, we’re considering cancelling it, but want to give people one more chance. The full schedule of events is on our website (here), along with registration forms, which are also available in the link.  If you can’t get a form in right away, give us a call or email receptionist@rzc.org, and we’ll pencil you in.

If by noon tomorrow, Wednesday, we don’t have at least fifteen names on our list, we will feel obliged to cancel SanghaPalooza this year.

Work Retreat, For Sure!

Our annual Ralph Chapin Memorial Work Retreat begins in two weeks.  Everyone, including friends of members, is welcome to take part in as much of the work retreat as they’d like.  Email John at john@rzc.org to reserve a place or call us if you have questions.  We already have a good number on our roster, but there are plenty of rooms still available in the Retreat Center and outbuildings (You can also camp out or just come out for the day.)  The schedule for this year is posted online here.

May 28, 2015

SanghaPalooza!

SanghaPalooza is just around the corner, beginning Friday, June 12. Register by June 5th and join in on a weekend of fun and great food. There will be presentations on Non-Violent Communication, the endangered African elephant, a brief history of jazz, and “A History of Great Movie Moments in 90 Minutes.” You can also join in a guided nature hike, zazen, yoga, games, a musical jam session, a pancake breakfast, and just chilling out at Chapin Mill doing whatever. For only $50, stay at Chapin Mill and join in for the entire weekend or, for $30, come out and join in for only Saturday’s events. The full schedule of events is on our website (here), along with registration forms, which are also available in the link.

Work Retreat

Every year since 2001, when the completed Retreat Center was just a gleam in our eye, we’ve held a Work Retreat at Chapin Mill. This year’s will begin Tuesday evening, June 23, and run through lunch on Saturday, 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 website (click here). Give us a call or e-mail John Pulleyn (john@rzc.org).

Shakuhachi Performance by Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin: Sunday July 5, 2015

The Special Events Committee will host a shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) concert by Grand Master Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin on Saturday, July 5, at 4 pm in the Buddha Hall. This 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 in advance by e-mailing 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 Oscar and Grammy nominations. CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase at the performance. To learn more, go to www.nyogetsu.com.

May 22, 2015

Parking Tomorrow, Saturday, May 23

Our Buddha’s Birthday celebration tomorrow probably draws more people – and cars – than any other event of the year. So feel free to park in the lot of the next-door Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word (entrance on Goodman Street). During the winter they graciously granted us permission to park there, if necessary, almost anytime except Sunday mornings and certain other days when they have big events. (Here’s a link to the full Buddha’s Birthday weekend schedule: Buddha’s Birthday Schedule.)

Zen Bow Call for Submissions:Adapting to Change”

While Zen practice and day-to-day conditions are not two, they can sometimes feel like they are, especially when we find ourselves struggling to adapt to new circumstances or balance demanding responsibilities. Your mother becomes ill, you’re promoted to a managerial position, you commit to a couple of years of therapy, you decide to train for a marathon, you fall in love, you have children, you lose your job – these are a few examples of life events or circumstances that have the potential to throw us off-kilter. This issue will explore how Zen practitioners balance practice with life events. Submit articles and images to the editors, Donna Kowal and Brenda Reeb, at zenbow@rzc.org. Submission deadline:  June 1, 2015.

May 19, 2015

Buddha’s Birthday

Coming up in just a few days, we have our annual Big Weekend. Starting out on Friday evening, it’s…

Temple Night

This year’s celebrations begin with Temple Night and Jukai on Friday, May 22. This is a time when the Sangha can come together – in a fluid, unstructured way – into a beautiful Buddha realm for personal devotions and sitting. You are free, on this night, to sit anywhere in the Buddha Hall, to join in the chanting or to remain silent, and to make prostrations and offer incense at either of the altars, as you wish. If you have a figure of a Buddha or bodhisattva at home that you’d like to bring in and place on the main altar, please do so.

You can sit late into the night, if you like, after the formal end of Temple Night. (For security reasons the door to the Buddha Hall is locked from the outside after 9:30, so if you leave after that, you won’t be able to get back in.) Many people have found these late hours of Temple Night to be an especially fine time for zazen.

We’re going to try something new this year. Rather than setting cushions out, we’ll stack them in a few locations, and those who come to sit may feel a little freer to sit wherever and however they want.

Saturday and Sunday

Buddha’s Birthday festivities continue on Saturday followed by games and fun at the Buddha Bazaar on Sunday. The full schedule is here. And if you’d like an idea of what to expect, you can scroll through pictures from past years’ celebrations on the Photo Gallery page of the Center’s website.

For the vegetarian potluck picnic on Saturday that follows the elephant parade, the Center will provide veggie burgers, drinks and dessert (and once again! – Lou Anne Jaeger’s well-received Cupcakes of Awesomeness, as well as homemade ice cream). Please bring either a main dish or a salad (fruit salad counts). Please, no meat, poultry or seafood, and size it to serve eight.

Items for Sale

One of our Trial Members, Emily Hillenbrand, is moving to Seattle this weekend and is hoping to sell her furniture to help pay for the move. Items include a Thule bike rack, a big couch, a king-size bed, a cello, a road bike, a kitchen table, a desk, a work table, some padded chairs, four bookcases, and plenty more. If you’re interested in having a look, you can e-mail Emily at at hillenbrandemily@gmail.com

May 5, 2015

Takuhatsu on I-490

We are continuing to care for the section of Interstate 490 to the west of Rochester between exits 5 and 6. Join us on Thursday, May 7, if you can, as we tackle the trash that spring has revealed. We’ll meet at the Center at 10:15 and return by 12:30 for lunch.

Third Lecture, Sunday, May 10

Dr. An-yi Pan’s third and final lecture will be held in the dining room this Sunday after teisho and brunch. His topic is “Tea and Zen,” and he is inviting those who attend to bring, if they can, a teapot and tea cup or a matcha bowl and whisk. Otherwise, you can use a Center tea cup.

Return of SanghaPalooza

We’re gearing up for our third SanghaPalooza at Chapin Mill over the weekend of June 12 – 14. Our first two were a lot of fun and very well subscribed (in fact, we had to turn away some late applicants for the most recent edition). Check out the webpage here to learn more, and you can download and print out a registration form here.

A Program from the Gandhi Institute, Beginning Wednesday, May 6

Shannon Richmond, who will be one of our presenters at SanghaPalooza, is offering a 4-session course entitled “How to Work for Social Change without Burning Out.” A poster with dates and details is here.

Looking for a Place to Live

Here’s a message passed on by Center member Andy Stern:

I am writing about my friend, Sampa, who is a Tibetan woodcarver and is living here in Rochester, awaiting his hearing for asylum. He has been living with François Raoult, the yoga teacher, but François needs his house for family gatherings this summer, and Sampa has to find a new place to live from June until his hearing in October. He does have some income and could pay up to about $400 per month.

Here’s a link to an article about him: Sampa.