Email: July 22

No Sitting Tonight and Tomorrow Morning As is customary going into a 7-day sesshin, there is no in-person sitting tonight (Thursday, July 22) or tomorrow morning. Zoom sittings will continue, however, through tomorrow morning. Joining the 7-day Sesshin (July 23 – 30) The regular schedule of morning and evening Zoom sittings is cancelled during sesshin….

Email: July 16

Workday Cancelled This Saturday, July 17 With the various weather apps declaring 100 percent chance of rain tomorrow, we’ve decided to cancel the workday. Stay tuned for a future date. Roshi Out-of-Town This Weekend Roshi and his wife Angela will be in Vermont this weekend attending a funeral. The Quarterly Calendar Is Back Summer Calendar…

Email: July 9

Saturday Dokusan Tomorrow, July 10, Roshi will give the first Saturday-morning dokusan in a long time. These were instituted years ago to accommodate members who can’t make it to the regular dokusans held during the week. If you’re interested, take a seat in the zendo on the left side, near the Kannon Room, any time…

Email: June 29

Chapin Mill Work Retreat: The Final Details Here’s the Chapin Mill Work Retreat schedule, which includes dokusan in the evenings. As a reminder to those who are not attending the work retreat, you are welcome to join the morning (5:45 – 7:00) and evening (7:00 – 9:00) sittings over Zoom or the Center’s audio-livestream (Mixlr), which will…

Email: June 23

Work Retreat Next Week After a two-year gap, we’ll gather again for our four-day Chapin Mill Work Retreat, beginning with zazen on Tuesday evening, June 29, and ending just after lunch on Saturday, July 3. Join us if you can, for work or for sitting, for part of one day or for the entire retreat….

Email: June 16

This Sunday: First In-person Extended Sitting On Sunday, June 20, we’ll hold our first in-person Extended Sitting (with teisho by Roshi) since February 2020. Participants may attend any or all of the blocks of sitting, but are encouraged to join or leave only between blocks. Private Instruction will be offered during the late-morning block of…

Email: June 3

No Dokusan Tonight or Next Week Roshi left town this morning and will be in Florida for a week, establishing a beachhead; once he’s back however, he won’t return to the “Sunshine State” until November. The next dokusan he offers will be Monday night, June 14th. Likewise, because Sensei John Pulleyn will be in sesshin,…

Email: May 27

Last Chance for Opinions The Sangha Programs Survey will close at the end of the day this Sunday, May 30. It’s your chance to let the new Sangha Programs Office team (Donna, Dené, and Mitchell) know what kinds of activities you would like to enjoy with fellow members.  If you haven’t taken the survey yet,…

Email: May 22

New Teacher, New Teaching Model A Letter from Roshi: The time has come, I believe, for our Sangha to have the services of a second fully-sanctioned teacher in Rochester, and I have asked John Pulleyn to fill that role. He has also agreed to partner with me as Co-Spiritual Director of the Center (we’re retiring the title…

Email: May 21

An Opportunity to “Pick and Choose” The Sangha Programs Office needs your input on the kinds of activities and events you’d like to see offered. We’ve created a survey that invites you to indicate your preferences on a wide range of possibilities – cooking lessons, volunteering at a food pantry, guided nature walks, bike rides,…