Dharma Reflections

A Sangha Engagement Online Program Dharma Reflections takes place the third 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 May 15: The Four…

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…

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

Teisho, (pronounced “TAY-show”), is a formal (though largely extemporaneous) commentary given at Rochester Zen Center by either Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede 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…

Zen of Living and Dying

About every couple of weeks after the Sunday morning sitting at 11 am, a group of Sangha members meets 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 open our hearts, and maybe…

Buddha’s Birthday Weekend 2022

In 2020, when the pandemic began, our celebration of the Buddha’s birth was cancelled for the first time in the Center’s history, while 2021’s celebration was a downsized version. This year, we hope to return to our full weekend of celebrations (presuming the current local spike in Covid cases will decline by the end of…

Youth Program

Parents, Sunday, June 19 at 8:30 am is another opportunity to drop off your kids and join the zendo! We’ll meet in the backyard of Arnold Park, near the community space; you’ll be able to pick up your children in the same place at 10:30 after the sitting. Since we anticipate a wide range of…

Chapin Mill Work Retreat

For many years, we’ve held an annual work retreat in honor of Ralph Chapin, who donated his country estate to the Center back in 1996.   The goal of the retreat is to work together on upkeep of the buildings and grounds – and at the same time intensify our meditation practice and enjoy the beauty…

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…