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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, October 23, at 3 p.m., Sensei Amala Wrightson, Spiritual Director of Auckland Zen Centre, will conduct the Ceremony of Becoming a Zen Priest for Kathryn Argetsinger and Jeanette Prince-Cherry. 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…

Annual Sangha Picnic

Summer is here, and the potluck picnic at Chapin Mill, our retreat center outside of Batavia, is coming soon! This year’s picnic is set for Saturday, July 16. Come and enjoy Sangha, great food, games, and 125 acres of woods, ponds, foxes, turtles, and much more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with members –…

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…

“White Right: Meeting the Enemy” Uprooting Racism Film Discussion

What leads white people to perpetuate extreme, white nationalist violence? This is the question acclaimed filmmaker, director, and activist Deeyah Khan investigates in her Emmy-winning, BAFTA-nominated documentary White Right: Meeting the Enemy (2017).  Deeyah Khan sits face-to-face with fascists, racists and the proponents of the ‘alt-right’ ideologies […] As she tries to get beyond the scare…

Email: December 18

Omicron on the Horizon The COVID-19 Task Force met yesterday afternoon, and it was decided that – with the certain arrival of the new Omicron variant and the uncertainty of how it will play out – we can’t guarantee at this point that the Rohatsu hybrid sesshin (January 8 -15, 2022) will go ahead as…