Email: December 5

Sangha Donations At the Family Relief Ceremony, two weeks ago, Sangha donated $420 for Oxfam America. Since the Center’s budget this year allowed us to match Sangha donations, a check for $840 was mailed yesterday. Moreover, as part of their Thanksgiving discussion on gratitude, the Sangha kids chose to raise funds themselves for two projects:…

Email: November 29

Temple Night Tonight, Friday, November 29 Beginning at 7:00 pm, you’re invited to join in our twice-a-year informal sitting in the Buddha Hall (located behind 5 Arnold Park). You are free to sit anywhere (moving your mat as you wish) and to make prostrations and offer incense at any of the altars, as you wish….

Email: November 22

Sangha Thanksgiving Dinner Every year, in the midst of our biggest week of Center activities, we invite Sangha as well as friends of Sangha to share in a vegetarian potluck supper at 4 p.m. in the Center’s dining room. If you’d like to join with staff and others on our favorite holiday of the year,…

Email: November 21

St. Andrew’s Food Cupboard In the run-up to Thanksgiving, every year, a large basket is placed in the Center’s Link for food (and other) donations. All donations will go to St. Andrew’s Food Cupboard, a local organization dedicated to the needs of the hungry: you can look here for the non-perishable foods and items that…

Email: October 31

Fall Back This Weekend Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am on Sunday morning, November 3. We get back the hour that was taken from us in the Spring. Use it well! Vote Early or Vote Tuesday Here in Rochester, local elections will be held next Tuesday, November 5, with early voting already underway. Since…

Email: October 23

No Dokusan Thursday Night, October 24 Roshi will be leaving for Madison Thursday morning to lead a 2-day sesshin at the Madison Zen Center. Dokusan resumes Monday night, October 28. All-Day Sitting and Dharma Talk John Pulleyn will give a Dharma talk this Sunday, October 27. It’s also an all-day sitting. Here’s the schedule for…

Email: October 10

All-Day Sitting Postponed This month’s all-day sitting was initially scheduled for this Sunday, October 13, but has now been pushed to the end of the month: Sunday, October 27. This Sunday’s Youth Sunday Also Postponed Because there’s no school on Monday and many families may be going away this weekend, there’s no Youth Sunday this…

Email: October 4

Arnold Park Dokusan Tomorrow, Saturday, October 5 Roshi will offer dokusan tomorrow, at 10 am. As usual for the occasional Saturday dokusan, it is intended for people who have trouble getting to the regularly scheduled dokusans during the week. Duke University Symposium – Schedule Clarification The public symposium honoring Roshi Philip Kapleau’s teachings and legacy…

Email: October 3

Bodhidharma Day (Tuesday, October 8) Next week, on Tuesday, the zendo and adjoining areas will be set up for the annual ceremony honoring Bodhidharma, the “bearded barbarian” who founded Zen in China. We’ll sit for two short rounds, and the ceremony will follow (no private instruction or group instruction that night). Beginners: Come check out…

Email: September 26

Burning House Department This just in: There is a second theme to tomorrow’s downtown rally and march (Rochester Climate Strike). It turns out that after the initial climate-change rally at Rochester’s City Hall (3:30 – 4:00 pm), people will be invited to march up Main Street to the Rochester Gas & Electric building, on East…