Email: August 13

Sangha Picnic this Saturday Summertime, and picnicking is easy! This year’s potluck picnic is set for this Saturday, August 17, and the weather forecast is looking good. Everyone is invited – Sangha, friends, children, and dogs! We’ll get underway this year at 11 a.m. with some of the games from the Buddha Bazaar that we…

Email: August 9

Thursday Dokusan Cancelled The usual Monday evening and Wednesday morning dokusans will take place as scheduled next week; however, dokusan on Thursday evening, August 15, is cancelled. August All-Day Sitting Cancelled Attendance at August all-day sittings has been unusually low compared to other all-day sittings throughout the year. We suspect a lot of folks are…

Email: August 7

4-day Sesshin Moved In the process of preparing the calendar for the last quarter of the year, we’ve discovered a problem: because Thanksgiving is so late this year (November 28), there’s not enough time between the Jukai ceremony on Saturday, November 30, and the previously scheduled start of the December 4-day sesshin. Our only viable…

Email: July 19

Air Conditioning in the Zendo Now that we have some experience with our new zendo “mini-split” unit (which heats in winter and cools in summer), we’ve figured out how to combine fans and A/C to make summer sittings less of an ascetic practice. (We won’t, of course, go to the opposite extreme of offices and…

Email: July 12

Unclaimed Shoes, Coats, and Other Items We recently did a vast sweep of unclaimed clothing in both Arnold Park buildings. All unclaimed shoes, boots, coats, and sweaters from the link coat room, 5 Arnold Park entrance area, and shoe cubby holes near the zendo are now in the basement laundry room of 7 Arnold Park….

Email: July 6

Sangha Hike Tomorrow, Sunday, July 7: New Location The next hike organized by the Sangha Engagement Committee will take place tomorrow, Sunday, July 7, at Shadow Pines in Penfield. Participants will be meeting at the Clark House parking lot (600 Whalen Road) at 2:00 PM. (A MapQuest link is here.) For those who would like…

Email: July 5

An Announcement from Roshi about the 2020 Summer Sesshins In scheduling 7-day sesshins for next year, I’ve invited Amala-sensei to lead the two in the summer, and am pleased to say that she has agreed to do so. In recent years one or another of my teacher-disciples, at my invitation, has stepped in to lead…

Email: June 28

Sangha Hike on Sunday at Durand Eastman Park The next hike organized by the Sangha Engagement Committee will take place this Sunday, June 30. Participants will be meeting near the “Olive Shelter” at the end of Log Cabin Road at approximately 2 PM. (A map is posted here.) For those who would like to share a…

Email: June 25

Live Streaming Is Back Up Mixlr, the live-audio broadcast service used to stream the Center’s formal sittings, is back up and running after resolving its server problems. (Mixlr went down last week and took much longer than expected to restore service.) So for the rest of this week, we’ll be streaming audio from formal sittings…

Email: June 20

Chapin Mill Work Retreat: Next Tuesday Evening through Lunch on Saturday Here’s a link to the schedule for the work retreat, including additional information such as private instruction (daisan) and dokusan evenings: https://www.rzc.org/news/chapin-mill-work-retreat/. Roshi will give dokusan at Arnold Park on Monday evening, June 24, and then, on Tuesday, we’ll move our operations to Chapin…