Email: March 27

Podcast from Roshi Here’s a short talk from Roshi, delivered from his dining room table. You can use this link or find it on the home page of the Center’s website (www.rzc.org). New Zen Bow Issue is Online The company that prints Zen Bow for us is shut during the lock-down, so, for now, you…

Email: March 25

Zen Center COVID-19 Update All is still well with the Zen Center staff at Arnold Park and Chapin Mill, with no signs of illness (or stir-craziness) worth mentioning. At Arnold Park we are down to six residents, now that two joined the crew at Chapin Mill (where they are now eight) last weekend. We are…

Email: March 21

COVID-19 Report In response to the tighter restrictions announced by New York Governor Cuomo, the Zen Center staff is dividing itself a bit as follows: Of the three residents broadly categorized as “vulnerable,” Scott Jennings, Jack O’Shaughnessy, and Joe Carino, the latter two will relocate for now to Chapin Mill, where they will initially self-isolate….

Email: March 19

Remote “Dokusan” From Roshi: Since the Center is closed these days except to staff, I will start offering dokusan by phone to others. This will start with just local formal students of mine – that is, local members who have gone through a New Student Ceremony. Depending on the demand, I may extend it to…

Email: March 17

Ongoing C-virus Issues Please stand by one more day for a schedule for remote dokusan and private instruction. We had a detailed message half-written today before getting an influx of breaking news and morphing guidelines regarding staff living restrictions, which plunged Roshi and his advisers into more meetings. Regarding live streaming of sittings, the regular…

Email: March 14

Coronavirus Update The Center’s working group on COVID-19, which includes two physicians, met again this morning to discuss ongoing efforts to limit Sangha exposure and to outline courses of action to take when (not “if”) the number of local cases rises. Some of the following restrictions are quite severe, but this is the time, everyone agreed,…

Email: March 12

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Like most of you, we’ve been following the progression of the coronavirus around the world and here in this country. It seems clear to us that, barring a dramatic containment response from government, we are likely to see conditions similar to those today in Northern Italy, where people who could otherwise…

Email: March 11

Upcoming Dokusans Reminder: as announced last week, no dokusan tomorrow, Thursday, March 12. And in compliance with public health recommendations on “social distancing,” the student’s mat has now been placed some four feet from the teacher’s mat. St. Patrick’s Day Parade This Saturday, March 14 If you’re planning to come to Saturday dokusan (10:00 am) or to…

Email: March 4

COVID-19 Although there are currently no reported cases of the coronavirus in Monroe County, Roshi, other Center leaders, and Sangha health-care professionals will be meeting this Sunday to discuss the various aspects of how our community might best respond to any cases. They’ll be focusing on the special challenges facing a Zen center, such as…

Email: February 20

Sangha Meeting: Climate Emergency This Sunday, February 23, after teisho, we will hold an exceptional Sangha meeting as the Rochester Zen Center joins a growing number of Sanghas, communities, and nations in declaring a Climate Emergency. At the Sangha meeting, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede will read the RZC Declaration of Climate Emergency and discuss its importance,…