Email: October 14

Roberta Kurland Sad news: long-time Center member and sesshin veteran Roberta Kurland died after having a stroke this past Tuesday evening. Her attendance at dozens of 7-day sesshins will serve her well in her passage through the bardo (the intermediate stage of existence between death and rebirth). Trueman Taylor is in contact with her son,…

Email: October 5

Reminder: Term Intensive Starts Thursday The fall 4-week Term Intensive will begin two days from now: Thursday, October 7. You can fill out the online application here. After an hour of zazen (7:00 – 8:00 pm), everyone who’s participating at Arnold Park will meet in the third-floor library. Because we will be speaking and in…

Email: September 16

Last Sunday’s Teisho If you attended last Sunday morning’s sitting online (via Zoom or the Center’s audio-livestream), you know that Roshi’s teisho did not broadcast. You can now listen to it here: Recognizing the Inevitable. As a result of recent technology mishaps, we’re taking extra measures to ensure that teisho and other talks will broadcast…

Email: September 10

September 7-day Sesshin (September 24 – October 1) The Zen Center’s COVID-19 Task Force met yesterday to weigh the risk-benefit considerations regarding the upcoming hybrid September 7-day sesshin. Good news: Sesshin will indeed take place in-person at Chapin Mill (as well as on Zoom). For it to occur in person, which includes the participants travelling…

Email: August 24

Center Closing for Break No formal sittings at the Center or Chapin Mill, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 25, but the regular schedule of Zoom sittings will continue. Here is the schedule. For tonight’s sitting (7:00 – 8:30), Roshi will give dokusan in place of Sensei, who is currently on vacation. We resume Wednesday morning, September…

Email: August 20

Sanctioning Ceremony: A Few More Details Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, August 21) at 2 p.m., Roshi will officially sanction John Pulleyn as a Zen teacher. The ceremony will take place in the zendo at Chapin Mill. Since COVID-19 transmission is still a concern, we’re asking that attendees be fully vaccinated and masked. During chanting, only Roshi,…

Email: August 14

COVID Update: In-person Teisho Will Proceed on Sunday, August 15 We are pleased and relieved that so far all COVID-19 tests for people potentially exposed during the workshop last weekend have come back negative. We are going to go ahead with Sensei’s teisho in the Arnold Park zendo tomorrow. A reminder: We now require that…

Email: August 10

COVID-19 Update – Dokusan This Week Since Roshi was one of those exposed to the resident who tested positive on Saturday afternoon, he is self-isolating and, like some others on staff who were at the workshop on Saturday, will not attend sittings at the Center this week. In other news, Angela Stewart, Roshi’s wife, was…

Email: August 9

COVID-19 Update – Formal Sittings Will Continue The Center’s COVID Taskforce (Jonathan Hager, M.D., Eryl Kubicka, Sensei John Pulleyn, Dené Redding, and Ven. Trueman Taylor) met yesterday afternoon and concluded that it’s safe for our normal schedule of morning and evening formal sittings to continue, so long as everyone is fully vaccinated and masks are worn…

Email: August 7

This evening (Saturday, August 7, 2021) one of the participants in today’s workshop informed us that he has tested positive for COVID-19, despite having had both doses of the vaccine. Although it may turn out to have been a false positive, we’ve decided out of an abundance of caution to move this Sunday’s morning sitting…