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…

2019 Chapin Mill Work Retreat

Each year in June or July we hold our annual work retreat in honor of Ralph Chapin. Our objective is to work together with Sangha friends on upkeep of the buildings and grounds – and at the same time intensify our meditation practice and enjoy the beauty of Chapin Mill. We sit a bit more than…

Sangha Dinner

We aim for a Sangha Dinner every three months and the next is planned for July 13. We’ll start cooking at 4:30 pm and begin eating around 5:45 pm. Participants may arrive any time before 5:45 pm to help cook or just to eat. After dinner we’ll clean up the kitchen. If you plan on attending, please email Devin Wiesner…

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…

All-day Sitting

Here are details for the next scheduled all-day sitting: All-day Sitting Sunday, July 21 Daily sittings at the Center are great, but each all-day 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…