New Year’s Eve 2021

This year, in the midst of the pandemic,  we’re grateful we can come together with Sangha to welcome the New Year. We’ll begin with zazen at 8 pm and follow a modified schedule that will take us to midnight. Whether you plan to sit with us all night or just for one or more blocks,…

Dharma Reflections

A Sangha Engagement Online Program Dharma Reflections takes place the second Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 2:15pm Eastern on Zoom. Longtime RZC member and practitioner Larry McSpadden leads  friendly discussions, suitable for newcomers and established members alike, on short selections of Buddhist writings and teachings. Larry’s Notes & Quotes Sept. 12: How Might…

New Year’s Eve Ceremonies

If you’d like to start the new year fueled by zazen rather than by intoxicants or TV, come join with others in the Sangha for our annual celebration. We’ll welcome in the New Year on Friday evening with sitting and ceremonies, starting at 8 pm and winding up a little past midnight. The ceremony (and…

Uprooting Racism Book Discussion

Please join Uprooting Racism for our forthcoming discussion of Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s deeply personal, insightful book, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. The free discussion will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, from 7:00-8:30pm Eastern. We ask that for this event, participants read the entire book ahead of time…

Winter Term Intensive

Our next Term Intensive (TI) runs January 20 – February 17, 2022. The Term Intensive offers us a supportive structure in which to extend our practice efforts for a set period of time. Participants pledge to uphold a schedule of increased sitting and, if they wish, other aspects of discipline that relate directly or indirectly…

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 Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede (pronounced “coal-heed”) or by Sensei John Pulleyn (pronounced “puh-leen“) along with their senior students. Because getting started in Zen practice isn’t as simple as attending…

Extended Sitting

On Sunday, January 30,  we’ll hold our next extended sitting. Daily sittings are great, but an extended sitting is a chance to wade further into the waters of zazen. You’ll get a break from stress, a taste of a sesshin day, and maybe even a new perspective on your mind and life. Besides the usual…

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…