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 be made just before dokusan begins.

RZC Free Art Gallery, August 13

Stop by Arnold Park’s Community Space on Saturday, August 13, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. and browse an assortment of paintings, figures, statues, and furniture that are up for grabs. Find something you like and take it home with you, for free!

Not sure where to find the Community Space? Just come to the Link (the Center’s main entrance), and someone will point you in the right direction.

Much of this material comes to our Sangha via the estate of late RZC members Irene and Richard Wehbring. Many deep bows to Irene and Richard for their generosity.

Founder’s Day on Sunday, August 14

This Sunday we’ll hold our annual remembrance of Roshi Philip Kapleau, Founder of the Rochester Zen Center. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., we’ll sit for one extended round with a bell at the half-way point for posture change, followed by kinhin, a short chanting service, and a recorded teisho by Kapleau-roshi.

As usual, the sitting and teisho will be broadcast both on Zoom and on the Center’s audio livestream (

Other Activities This Weekend (All Times EDT)

Finding Your Seat, an informal support group for maintaining a regular sitting practice and discussing practice-related questions, will meet on Zoom on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

DepreshZen, a support and advocacy group for Sangha members with depression and anxiety disorders, will meet on Zoom Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Zen of Living and Dying, a support group for Sangha members dealing with issues of life, death, and illness, will meet on Sunday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Sangha Brunch Social on Sunday, August 21, 10:30 a.m.

Mark your calendars for our second Sangha Brunch Social! We hope you’ll join us again after teisho for delicious food, relaxed social time, and fun activities. Friends and family are welcome! There’s no fee to attend, but it would be helpful to the kitchen staff to have RSVPs by noon on Friday, August 19.

New Sangha Program: Parent Practice Group

Calling all those involved in parenting, including grandparents and chosen aunties and uncles! Join Sangha Member Susan Rakow for an expert-led, educational, and supportive parent practice group. Susan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a lifetime of parenting and teaching experience. As the leader of the Cleveland Zazen Group, she brings a dedicated precept practice, as well as much-needed humor to these outrageous times. There is no “manual” for raising our unique children. We all need guidance and support at times, as we strive to create balanced, healthy children and families.

The group will meet on Zoom, starting Monday, August 29, at 8:15 p.m. EDT, and run on the last or the penultimate Monday of the month, continuing for the next five months. At that time we’ll determine future directions.

To express interest and receive more information, please fill out a short interest form here.

For questions, contact Susan.

Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger: Uprooting Racism Community Read Kickoff

You’re invited to join Uprooting Racism in our first-ever Community Read on Wednesday, September 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. EDT!

This free Zoom event will feature Democrat and Chronicle journalist and author Justin Murphy introducing his recent book, Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger: School Segregation in Rochester, New York (Cornell University Press, 2022). Anyone interested in antiracist practice, local history, the history of race in the United States, and/or educational access is especially encouraged to attend.

RZC members, non-members, friends, family, and guests are all welcome to attend – and you don’t even need to have read the book first!

For much more information and to register for a free “ticket,” please check out the detailed event listing on Eventbrite. Questions? Email Uprooting Racism co-facilitators Alan Leiserson and Luka Häkkilä.