Email: April 9

Online Group Zazen Following the example of other Zen groups, we’ve starting online morning sittings (7 to 8 a.m. EDT) for our Sangha using the Zoom app. (Thanks to the Puget Sound Zen Center and the Louisville Zen Center for their help.) If you’d like to join us, just follow these instructions: You’ll need the…

Email: April 3

Podcast from Roshi Click here to hear a brief message, recorded April Fool’s Day, from Roshi. He comments, “It was thrown together without much preparation, but hey – what else are you going to do with all your free time when you’re not sitting?” Finding Your Seat Returns Finding Your Seat (FYS) will resume online,…

Email: March 27

Podcast from Roshi Here’s a short talk from Roshi, delivered from his dining room table. You can use this link or find it on the home page of the Center’s website (www.rzc.org). New Zen Bow Issue is Online The company that prints Zen Bow for us is shut during the lock-down, so, for now, you…

Email: March 25

Zen Center COVID-19 Update All is still well with the Zen Center staff at Arnold Park and Chapin Mill, with no signs of illness (or stir-craziness) worth mentioning. At Arnold Park we are down to six residents, now that two joined the crew at Chapin Mill (where they are now eight) last weekend. We are…

Email: March 21

COVID-19 Report In response to the tighter restrictions announced by New York Governor Cuomo, the Zen Center staff is dividing itself a bit as follows: Of the three residents broadly categorized as “vulnerable,” Scott Jennings, Jack O’Shaughnessy, and Joe Carino, the latter two will relocate for now to Chapin Mill, where they will initially self-isolate….

Email: March 19

Remote “Dokusan” From Roshi: Since the Center is closed these days except to staff, I will start offering dokusan by phone to others. This will start with just local formal students of mine – that is, local members who have gone through a New Student Ceremony. Depending on the demand, I may extend it to…

Email: March 17

Ongoing C-virus Issues Please stand by one more day for a schedule for remote dokusan and private instruction. We had a detailed message half-written today before getting an influx of breaking news and morphing guidelines regarding staff living restrictions, which plunged Roshi and his advisers into more meetings. Regarding live streaming of sittings, the regular…

Email: March 14

Coronavirus Update The Center’s working group on COVID-19, which includes two physicians, met again this morning to discuss ongoing efforts to limit Sangha exposure and to outline courses of action to take when (not “if”) the number of local cases rises. Some of the following restrictions are quite severe, but this is the time, everyone agreed,…

Email: March 12

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Like most of you, we’ve been following the progression of the coronavirus around the world and here in this country. It seems clear to us that, barring a dramatic containment response from government, we are likely to see conditions similar to those today in Northern Italy, where people who could otherwise…

Email: March 11

Upcoming Dokusans Reminder: as announced last week, no dokusan tomorrow, Thursday, March 12. And in compliance with public health recommendations on “social distancing,” the student’s mat has now been placed some four feet from the teacher’s mat. St. Patrick’s Day Parade This Saturday, March 14 If you’re planning to come to Saturday dokusan (10:00 am) or to…