Email: January 14

Cleaning of the Temple at Arnold Park: Wednesday, January 15 Upholding a Japanese Zen tradition we adopted decades ago, we’ll take aim tomorrow at the corners and crevices of the Arnold Park buildings that don’t reach our to-do lists over the rest of the year. Our annual “Cleaning of the Temple” begins with a brief…

Email: January 4

RAICA General Meeting Anyone not in sesshin is welcome at the Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action (RAICA) General Meeting on January 8 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the First Universalist Church, 150 South Clinton Avenue. The Zen Center is a member of RAICA. Come to learn about our current campaigns and what you…

Email: January 2

New Year’s Eve Feedback At this morning’s staff meeting, people offered feedback about the main change to this year’s New Year’s Eve ceremonies, omitting the noise-making from our circumambulation of the house. Not surprisingly, there were mixed reviews, with some finding it more settled and solemn (in a good way) and others missing the chance…

Email: December 27

New Year’s Eve Staff is back, and we’re getting ready for the New Year’s Eve zazen and celebrations. There’s a lot to do, and extra help would be awesome! If you can help out tomorrow (Saturday, December 28) or on Monday morning, December 30, give us a call or email Trueman (trueman@rzc.org). On Tuesday evening…

Email: December 19

Calling All Cooks! We’re interested in what people are serving for festive holiday meals. If you made a vegetarian or vegan dinner for Thanksgiving, and/or if you’re planning to do so at Christmas, we want to hear from you. Below is a link to a seven-question survey that should take no more than five minutes for…

Email: December 5

Sangha Donations At the Family Relief Ceremony, two weeks ago, Sangha donated $420 for Oxfam America. Since the Center’s budget this year allowed us to match Sangha donations, a check for $840 was mailed yesterday. Moreover, as part of their Thanksgiving discussion on gratitude, the Sangha kids chose to raise funds themselves for two projects:…

Email: November 29

Temple Night Tonight, Friday, November 29 Beginning at 7:00 pm, you’re invited to join in our twice-a-year informal sitting in the Buddha Hall (located behind 5 Arnold Park). You are free to sit anywhere (moving your mat as you wish) and to make prostrations and offer incense at any of the altars, as you wish….

Email: November 22

Sangha Thanksgiving Dinner Every year, in the midst of our biggest week of Center activities, we invite Sangha as well as friends of Sangha to share in a vegetarian potluck supper at 4 p.m. in the Center’s dining room. If you’d like to join with staff and others on our favorite holiday of the year,…

Email: November 21

St. Andrew’s Food Cupboard In the run-up to Thanksgiving, every year, a large basket is placed in the Center’s Link for food (and other) donations. All donations will go to St. Andrew’s Food Cupboard, a local organization dedicated to the needs of the hungry: you can look here for the non-perishable foods and items that…

Email: October 31

Fall Back This Weekend Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am on Sunday morning, November 3. We get back the hour that was taken from us in the Spring. Use it well! Vote Early or Vote Tuesday Here in Rochester, local elections will be held next Tuesday, November 5, with early voting already underway. Since…