Sensei Donna Kowal was authorized as a Zen teacher by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede in 2022 and serves as Co-Director of the Rochester Zen Center, in partnership with Sensei John Pulleyn.

Teisho and Dharma Talks

Being Sangha

April 24, 2022
On taking refuge in Sangha (Community). Dharma Talk by Sensei Donna Kowal. Automated Transcript

Untangling the Knots, Engaging with the Practice

July 18, 2021
Dharma talk by Donna Kowal on working with habit forces and boredom. Commentary on excerpts from Ordinary Wonder: Zen Life and Practice by Charlotte Joko Beck, edited by Brenda Beck Hess (Shambhala, 2021). Automated transcript Dharma Talk by Sensei Donna Kowal.

“The Third Turning of the Wheel: A Conversation with Joanna Macy”

May 9, 2021
Sesshin: May 2021, Day 2. Dharma talk by Donna Kowal. Reading and commentary on excerpts from an interview with Joanna Macy that explores the Buddha’s teaching of dependent co-arising, nothing exists apart from anything else. (Source: Dharma Rain, edited by Stephanie Kaza and Kenneth Kraft, Shambhala Publications, 2000) Dharma Talk by Sensei Donna Kowal. Automated Transcript

“World as Lover, World as Self” by Joanna Macy

May 8, 2021
Sesshin: May 2021, Day 1. Dharma talk by Donna Kowal. Reading and commentary on excerpts from Chapter One. Dharma Talk by Sensei Donna Kowal. Automated Transcript

Trust the Practice

March 14, 2021
Dharma Talk by Sensei Donna Kowal. Automated Transcript