Giving to the Center

  Donations from our members and friends comprise the lion’s share of the Center’s annual budget, which supports daily sittings, retreats, podcasts, publications, and more. You can now donate to the Center through PayPal using a credit card, and you have the choice of paying in one lump sum or by a recurring monthly payment,…

Black Lives Matter Book Discussion

In August, the Seeing Through Racism group is starting a series of Zoom discussions around Ruth King’s Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From the Inside Out. We’ve chosen this book because it’s a rare combination of a Black Buddhist teacher writing about both meditation and anti-racist activism with expertise, compassion, and practicality.

Online Extended Sitting

On Sunday, October 18,  we’ll hold our next extended sitting, using Zoom. Private Instruction will also be offered during the late-morning and afternoon zazen blocks. If you’re interested or have any questions, email Trueman (trueman@rzc.org) to arrange an appointment and discuss format (FaceTime, Skype, etc.). Here is the schedule with additional information: Schedule Online Platform…

Finding Your Seat

Although Zen practice is simple and direct, it’s not easy, and getting the habit of daily sitting established can be difficult. Between Introductory Workshops, the Center offers a series of Saturday sessions that aim to help with that. Anyone who’s attended a Workshop, whether you’ve become a member yet or not, is welcome. Sessions are…

Practice in the Pandemic

For the foreseeable future, the Center won’t be able to hold indoor sittings or events, but there are still a number of ways you can join with others and deepen your practice. When in doubt about what’s happening when, check the online calendar. Get yourself on the Center’s email list We typically send out one…

Temple Night & Jukai

Temple Night – Friday, November 29 During Temple Night, we transform the Buddha Hall into a space for free-form devotions and sitting meditation, buoyed by exquisitely appointed altars bathed in soft light. Beginning around 7:00 pm, you’re invited to join in our twice-a-year informal sitting in the Buddha Hall (right behind 5 Arnold Park). All are…

Family Program

Welcome! The family program at the Rochester Zen Center is rooted in the belief that Zen practice can be integrated with family life. We welcome the children and families of all Zen Center members, no matter what their spiritual backgrounds. We work to create opportunities for children and parents to engage in regularly scheduled activities…

Sangha Picnic

Summer is here, and the potluck picnic at Chapin Mill , our retreat center outside of Batavia, is coming soon! This year’s picnic is set for Saturday, August 17. Come and enjoy Sangha, great food, and 125 acres of woods, ponds, foxes, turtles, and much more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with members –…