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Final Email 02-03-2023

Cleaning of the Temple: Chapin Mill, Saturday, February 4 It’s time to turn our attention to all the corners and crevices of the Chapin Mill Retreat Center with our annual “Cleaning of the Temple.” We’ll begin at 9:30 a.m. with a chanting service in the zendo and finish with a pizza lunch (alternatives available) at…

Email 01-27-2023

Teisho, Coming-to-the-Path Talk, and Sangha Meeting This Sunday’s teisho (January 29) will be given by John-sensei. Next week, Sunday, February 5, Jonathan Hager will give a Coming-to-the-Path talk. After Jonathan’s talk, we’ll have a Sangha meeting during brunch. Sangha Hike, Sunday, January 29 at noon Either meet at the front entrance of the Rochester Zen…

Email: 01-19-2023

A Change in Mask Policy (COVID) 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…

Final Email 01-07-2023

Zen Bow, Autumn 2022 The latest issue of Zen Bow is available here. Sittings During the 7-day Rohatsu Sesshin (January 7-14) Though there will be a sesshin at Chapin Mill, you can still join the in-person sittings at Arnold Park. You can refer to the weekly schedule here for the days and times (no chanting,…

Final email 12-30-2022

Kadi Sprengle We just got news that former staff member Kadi Sprengle passed away this morning, Friday, December 30. She was on staff for 10 years in the 2000’s and was a member of the Chicago Zen Center before that. There will be a memorial service at 11:00 tomorrow morning, Saturday, December 31, for anyone…

Email: 12-17-2022

The Center will be closed starting tomorrow morning, Sunday, December 18, after sitting and teisho, and we’ll reopen with the Tuesday night sitting at 7:00 pm on December 27. Calendar Changes A couple of corrections: ·         There will NOT be a Parent Practice Group this Monday, December 19; the next meeting will be Monday, January…

Email: 12-15-2022

A Milestone for Gerardo-roshi This Saturday, Bodhin-roshi will conduct a ceremony at Casa Zen, our sister center in Mexico City, marking Sensei Gerardo Gally’s 20th year as a Zen teacher and the leader of Casa Zen. In conjunction with the ceremony, Gerardo will also accept the title “Roshi.” Note that Bodhin-roshi has suspended online dokusan…

Email: 12-10-2022

Coming-to-the-Path Talk Cancelled – Tomorrow, December 11 Sangha member (and Zen Center board chair) Jonathan Hager, scheduled to give tomorrow’s Coming-to-the-Path talk, is still recovering from COVID. Though he’s recuperating well, he’s still highly positive, so the talk will be rescheduled for next year. Instead, the schedule tomorrow morning will be three 30-minute rounds with…

Email: 12-08-2022

Tonight: Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony We’ll have the annual celebration of the Buddha’s Great Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, complete with sutra reading and chanting, followed by warm milk-rice in the candle-lit dining room. Sitting begins at 7 pm, and the ceremony starts at 8:00. If you can’t make it in-person, you may join via Zoom…

Email: 12-02-2022

Teisho and Coming-to-the-Path Talk This Sunday’s teisho (December 4) will be given by Donna-sensei. Next week, Sunday, December 11, Jonathan Hager will give a Coming-to-the-Path Talk. Memorial for Victims of Club Q Shooting in Colorado Springs On Saturday, December 3, at noon, Bachelor Forum, the oldest gay-owned-and-operated club in Rochester, will host a community memorial…