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Thanksgiving & Jukai 2023

Thursday, November 16 7:00 p.m. Zazen and Ceremony of Aid: A day of fasting for Zen Center residents, and others are welcome to join in. Monetary offerings collected during the ceremony will be donated to RMAN (Rochester Mutual Aid Network). Sunday, November 19 8:30 a.m. Zazen at 8:30 followed by Ceremony of Gratitude at 9:30…

Jukai (Receiving the Precepts)

This annual ceremony, second in importance only to ordination, gives us the opportunity to further ground our practice by pledging to do our best to live up to the basic sixteen precepts of Buddhism: the Three Treasures, the Three General Resolutions, and the Ten Cardinal Precepts. All are welcome, whether you’re a member of the…

Sangha Entertainment Night

It’s Back! For the first time since 2019! Sangha Entertainment Night will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 – and we need performers, as well as audience members. In addition to the onstage antics in the Buddha Hall, we’ll have sweet and savory snacks along with beverages after curtain call…

RZC’s Training Fund

Do you need financial help with sesshin or residential training? With the recent increase in sesshin costs, we’re guessing more people need this support. We want to get the word out that the Training Fund is here to help. If costs make the difference between your applying or not applying, please do ask for Training…

Updated COVID-19 Precautions

The Center’s COVID Task Force recently met and made a change in mask-wearing policy at Arnold Park and Chapin Mill: masks are no longer required when in motion throughout the buildings (kinhin, dokusan waiting line, changing room, etc.). The only time we now require masks is during chanting and recitations in the zendo (e.g., The…

Priest Ordination Ceremony

On Sunday, August 6, at 11 a.m., Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede will conduct the Ceremony of Becoming a Zen Priest for Sensei Donna Kowal. You are invited to attend in-person in the Buddha Hall at Arnold Park or on Zoom. Speaking on the significance of ordination in his article entitled “What Does It Mean To Be…

Annual Sangha Picnic

Warm weather is here, and the potluck picnic at Chapin Mill, our retreat center outside of Batavia, is today! 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 – as well as their families and friends and pets. Everyone…

Summer Youth Camp

The Zen Center is excited to announce that this summer we will be hosting a weekend summer camp to engage youth in interactive learning experiences that inform – and create a safe space for thinking about – race, racism, and anti-racism within the context of Buddhist teaching. The camp will be held at Chapin Mill…