Sangha Letter 9-16-2022

September 16, 2022 Dear Sangha, I’m pleased to announce that in a ceremony next month, on October 16, I will be sanctioning Donna Kowal as a Zen teacher, and that when I return to Florida in late October she will succeed me as Spiritual Co-Director of the Center with Sensei John Pulleyn. Last year, you’ll…

Email 09-14-2022

Thursday Private Instruction and Friday Dokusan Roshi returns to Rochester Thursday evening, September 15, too late to give dokusan. So instead he will give dokusan Friday evening; on Thursday evening Donna Kowal will give Private Instruction. Next week Roshi will return to his usual scheduled dokusan. Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger: Uprooting Racism…

Email: 09-09-2022

Sittings During The 2-day Sesshin (September 9-11) Though there will be a sesshin at Chapin Mill this weekend, you can still join the in-person sittings at Arnold Park, except for Friday evening, September 9, which will be informal. You can refer to the online calendar here for the day and times. The regular schedule for morning and evening Zoom…

Email: 08-24-2022

Fall 2022 Calendar Is Now Available A printable quarterly calendar for October, November, and December 2022 is posted on the Center’s website and here. You can also pick up a copy from the table in the Link whenever you stop by the Center. Roshi’s Absence Roshi has gone to Florida to spend the Center’s 2-week…

Email: 08-17-2022

Martha Howden Longtime Sangha member and dogged sitter Martha Howden landed in the hospital several days ago (actually two hospitals, getting shuttled between Strong and Highland here in Rochester) with what at this hour they’re calling an “atypical heart attack.” Myriad tests have now shown that the suspect artery is clean as a whistle, and…

Email: 08-12-2022

Saturday Morning Dokusan with Roshi, August 13 Saturday dokusan is for members who are unable to attend the regular sittings with dokusan held during the week. If you wish to go, take a seat on the left side of the Arnold Park zendo, near the Kannon Room, any time before 9:00 a.m. An announcement will…

Email 08-04-2022

Cleveland Cancellation The Cleveland Weekend Intensive, previously scheduled for August 12-14, has been cancelled. There were not enough in-person participants to make Roshi’s trip there a reasonable choice in light of the other demands on his time this summer. Moreover, logistics for the Intensive would have been complicated by the high COVID-19 transmission rates in…

Email: 08-02-2022

Dokusan This Week With Roshi leaving tomorrow (Wednesday, August 3) to lead a 2-day sesshin at the Madison Zen Center, his last dokusan this week will be at tomorrow’s morning sitting. Sensei will offer dokusan at tonight’s sitting, as usual.

Email: 07-23-2022

Joining the 7-day Sesshin (July 23-30) on Zoom The regular schedule for morning and evening Zoom sittings is suspended during sesshin. However, even if you’re not signed up, you’re welcome to join any block of sitting (though without dokusan) in our usual Zoom room. If you do join us, please log on before a block…

Email: 07-15-2022

Sangha Picnic, Tomorrow, Saturday, July 16 Our annual picnic at Chapin Mill begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday with fun and games from the “Buddha Bazaar.” Upon working up an appetite, we’ll enjoy a potluck lunch from 1 to 2 p.m. The Center will provide sweet corn, fruit, beverages, and ice cream. Please bring a…