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Parent Practice Group

Calling all those involved in parenting, including grandparents and chosen aunties and uncles! Once a month join Sangha member Susan Rakow on Zoom from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. (Eastern), for a light-hearted, expert-led, educational, and supportive Parent Practice group. Click here to sign up.

Introduction to Zen: Meditation Workshop

Workshops at the Center: A Practical Introduction to Zen Throughout the year the Rochester Zen Center offers both in-person and online introductory meditation workshops taught either by Sensei John Pulleyn (pronounced “puh-leen“) or Sensei Donna Kowal, along with senior students. Because getting started in Zen practice isn’t as simple as attending a new church on…

Finding Your Seat

Trying to get your Zen practice going, but aren’t quite there yet? Or your practice is going, but it isn’t as regular as you’d like it to be?  Still wondering about certain zendo protocols? Or do you have some posture questions? Then the Finding Your Seat (FYS) program is for you! FYS meets most Saturdays…

Teisho by Sensei Donna Kowal

Teisho, (pronounced “TAY-show”), is a formal (though largely extemporaneous) commentary given at Rochester Zen Center by either Sensei Donna Kowal or Sensei John Pulleyn while facing the altar. In sesshin it is usually on a koan or other Zen text, whereas outside sesshin it may be on a non-Zen article or book. A teisho is…

UR Discussion: High on the Hog

Black American Cuisine: Not Separate As Thanksgiving approaches, join Uprooting Racism for a special free discussion of the acclaimed Netflix docuseries High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Shaped America on Wednesday, November 16, from 7:00-8:30pm Eastern on Zoom. This 4-part series is based on a book of the same name by renowned historian and…

Famine Relief Ceremony

We’ll sit for two rounds followed by a Famine Relief Ceremony.  This is a fast day for Zen Center residents, and others are welcome to join in. Monetary offerings collected during the ceremony are donated to Rochester Mutual Aid Network (RMAN). These will be matched by the Center within the limits of the Center’s budget.

Zen of Living and Dying

About every couple of weeks after the Sunday morning sitting at 11:15 a.m., a group of Sangha members meets for an hour on Zoom to provide support for each other while dealing with issues of life, death, and illness. Participants affectionately refer to the group as ZLD. At ZLD meetings, we share, we listen, we…

DepreshZen

DepreshZen is a support and advocacy group for Sangha members with depression and anxiety disorders. Our next meeting is Monday, December 5, at 5-6 pm (Eastern) on Zoom. We are experimenting with having meetings during the week for those who can’t make it on Saturday afternoons. We will try to have a meeting every two…

Youth Night in the Zendo

In the zendo from 6:30pm to 7:00pm, children ages10-15 and their parents will receive introductory instruction in zazen, kinhin, and zendo etiquette, with light snacks and refreshments served afterward in the dining room until 7:30pm.  This program is meant to help establish a sitting practice for the older children of our Sangha! If you are interested in having…

Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony

On Thursday evening, December 8,  we’ll hold the annual ceremony that commemorates the Buddha’s Great Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, complete with sutra reading, chanting, and warm milk-rice in the candle-lit dining room.  Sitting begins at 7 pm, and the ceremony will follow at 8:00. You’re invited to join us in the zendo at Arnold…