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…

Fall Term Intensive

Our next Term Intensive (TI) runs October 6 – 27, 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 to…

Priest Ordination Ceremony

There will be two priest ordination ceremonies in the Buddha Hall at Arnold Park in October. You are invited to attend in-person or on Zoom. On Saturday, October 8, at 10:30 a.m., Roshi will conduct the Ceremony of Becoming a Zen Priest for Dené Redding and Scott Redding. On Sunday, October 23, at 3 p.m.,…

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…

Bodhidharma Day

On Tuesday, October 11, the zendo and adjoining areas will be set up for the annual ceremony honoring Bodhidharma, the “bearded barbarian” who founded Zen in China. We’ll sit for two short rounds, and the ceremony will follow (no dokusan, private instruction, or group instruction that night). Beginners: Come check out this ceremony, one of…

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…

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…

Youth Program

Parents, Sunday, October 16 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 at 8:20 a.m.; 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…