Dokusan and Finding Your Seat, This Saturday, April 30

Saturday-morning dokusan at Arnold Park is for members who have a hard time making it to dokusan during the week. To attend, take a seat on the left side of the zendo, near the Kannon Room, any time before 9:00 a.m. An announcement will be made before dokusan begins.

There’s also Finding Your Seat (FYS) from 11:00 to noon on Zoom. FYS is offered to anyone, member or not, and this zazen support group usually sees a mix of those who are brand new to Zen and those who’ve been at it for a while. Besides addressing questions on sitting posture, concentration, breathing, zendo guidelines, and the difficulties of maintaining (or starting) a daily practice, we’ll sit for a short round of zazen. For the Zoom codes, contact Jeanette Prince-Cherry.

Roshi’s Teisho (and Cake) on Sunday

After six months of semi-retirement in Florida, Roshi is refreshed and ready to offer teisho. In fact, he’ll be giving teisho at every opportunity this coming month: May 1, 8, and 22.

As usual, teisho is preceded by a sitting that begins at 8:30 am. You can attend the sitting at Arnold Park, on Zoom, or via the Center’s audio livestream. If you attend in person, stick around after teisho for some homemade cake, as we welcome Roshi back to Rochester! However, because COVID-19 infections are still on the rise in Rochester, we’ll eat and drink outside so that we can social distance in fresh air as much as possible. The weather apps predict a high of 65° F on Sunday – fingers crossed.

Zen Kids: Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

The Center’s Family Program views Buddhist teachings and family life as intertwined. All current and prospective Center members are welcome, and the curriculum is inclusive of children and families of any class, race, ethnicity, religion, or gender expression.

For the meeting this Sunday, May 1, we’ll gather at 8:30 a.m. in the garden at Arnold Park, near the Community Space. Parents may pick up their children in the same place at 10:30, following teisho.