Roshi’s CoronaCast, August 19

Pandemic Ruin and Renaissance


Roshi will give teisho this Sunday, August 23, starting just before 9:30 am. You can tune in via Zoom (and join the 8:30 sitting beforehand if you wish), or you can listen in to the audio stream. If you have questions about how to join the Zoom meeting, email Truman Taylor at

In Lieu of Our Annual Picnic…

Like so many events on the Center’s 2020 calendar, our late-summer annual picnic has been cancelled this year. But what’s to stop us from gathering at the Center at a safe distance? For those who would like to be able to chat outdoors with others in the Sangha while enjoying a BYO sandwich or other light fare (or not), come to the spacious back gardens of 5-7 Arnold Park on Saturday, August 29, at 1:00. (Though our usual late-summer picnic is always at Chapin Mill, since Arnold Park is a closer location for most local members, it is likely to draw more people.)

With regrets, this low-key event will have to be off-limits to young children due to the challenges of their maintaining social distance and mask hygiene. (Also, we ask that you leave your pets at home.) And there will be no food or beverages served. But for responsible adults who miss seeing other Sangha members in real life, rather than online, this low-key gathering could prove to be a buoying experience before the colder months arrive. 

Founder’s Day Teisho

Though there was a good quality sound recording of Roshi Philip Kapleau’s teisho last Sunday over Zoom, it was broadcast poorly through the Center’s audio-livestream. In case you missed it, here’s the link to his teisho: M-3: “Gutei’s One Finger”.

Extended Sitting and Dharma Talk

The next extended sitting (formerly “all-day sitting”) will be held on Sunday, August 30. It will include a Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn. More information here

Arnold Park Zendo: 24/7 Video Feed

Are you missing the sight, at least, of one of the Center’s zendos? Though nothing can substitute for sitting there in person, many participants who’ve attended the Zoom sittings have found the live image of the zendo altar at Arnold Park reassuring during these isolating times. (It’s also fortifying to see the residents crossing in front of the altar during their kinhin.) The Zoom video stream of the zendo will now be visible day and night when you log onto Zoom – a constant support in our ongoing efforts as we sit alone at home. (Again, if you have questions about how to join the Zoom meeting, email As for the Chapin Mill zendo, stay tuned! It will magically appear in the near future.