Saturday Dokusan with John-sensei, October 21

Dokusan is occasionally offered on Saturday mornings to accommodate members who can’t attend regular sittings with dokusan during the week. To participate, take a seat on the left side of the Arnold Park zendo, near the Kannon Room, any time before 10:00 am. An announcement will be made before dokusan begins. 

Zen 101, Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are you curious about how and why we do prostrations? Want to know more about chanting? Any Zen terminology you still don’t understand? Zen 101 is a free program to help you become more familiar with the various outward forms of Zen practice. Questions are encouraged, so don’t hesitate to tell us what you’d like to know or practice doing. 

You’re also invited to attend the informal sitting in the zendo at noon, followed by lunch at 12:30.  

To sign up, contact Trueman by 3:30 today, so we have a head count for the program and lunch. If you can’t make it in person, it will also be broadcast on Zoom. Contact Jissai for the codes. 

Sunday, October 22, Extended Sitting, 6:15 am – 3:00 pm

In addition to the sitting that runs from 8:30 to about 10:30 am (see below), there will be three other blocks of formal sitting, with the first beginning at 6:15 am. Private Instruction will be offered during the third block. All will be broadcast on Zoom. Here is the schedule. 

Coming-to-the-Path Talk by Ven. Kanji Argetsinger, October 22

During block 2 of the extended sitting, at 8:30 am, we’ll have a long round with a bell at the half-way point for posture change, followed by kinhin, a short chanting service, and then Kanji’s talk.  

In Coming-to-the-Path talks, senior students share their journeys to the Dharma and to the Rochester Zen Center. 

You’re invited to join us onsite in the Arnold Park zendo, on Zoom, or via our audio livestream. 

Sangha Hike at Mendon Ponds, Sunday, October 22

This is an easy, dog-friendly, two-mile loop around Devil’s Bathtub. Meet at 11:30 am at Arnold Park to carpool or at the Devil’s Bathtub trailhead at Mendon Ponds at 12:00 pm. 

To express interest in any of the upcoming Sangha Hikes, please complete this form. 

Genesee Symphony Orchestra (GSO) Concert, Sunday, October 22

Zen Center trustee and principal flutist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rebecca Gilbert, is performing with the GSO, at Genessee Community College this Sunday, 4:00 pm (Meet the Orchestra, 3:00 pm). The College is located close to Chapin Mill. More information here