4-day Sesshin Moved

In the process of preparing the calendar for the last quarter of the year, we’ve discovered a problem: because Thanksgiving is so late this year (November 28), there’s not enough time between the Jukai ceremony on Saturday, November 30, and the previously scheduled start of the December 4-day sesshin. Our only viable solution is to switch to a 2-day sesshin that will begin Friday evening, December 6, and end on Sunday, December 8.

We’re moving the 4-day sesshin into the first quarter of the new year: February 25 to 29, 2020. Upcoming sesshins are listed at https://www.rzc.org/sesshins-meditation-retreats/upcoming-sesshins/.

Roshi in Chautauqua

This Friday, August 9, will find Roshi speaking at the Chautauqua Institution’s “Interfaith Friday,” as John Pulleyn did last year. The program includes a “conversation” with Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson on the topic of theodicy – “Why does a loving God allow suffering and tragedy?” And “In the end, which wins – good or evil?” 

The events of the past week in El Paso and Dayton promise to elevate the discussion above the intellectual level.

Zen Center Facebook Pages

In case you didn’t know, the Center has two Facebook pages you can visit if you want to follow the latest happenings at Arnold Park and Chapin Mill: www.facebook.com/groups/rochesterzencenter and www.facebook.com/groups/rzcsangha (members only – use the invite button).

Hanna & Metta Thompson Fundraiser

The identical twin daughters of Center member Jay Thompson and his former wife and long-time member Martha were both recently diagnosed with breast cancer. They’ve set up a go-fund-me page to help with expenses. Check it out to learn more and to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-hanna-and-metta-fight-breast-cancer

Want to Live Close to the Center?

The house across the street, 10 Arnold Park, is available for rent. The current renters have bought a house in Brighton and are currently looking for tenants to take over their lease. It’s beautiful and spacious (~2,000 square feet) with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. And a halfway-decent Zen center across the street. If you’re interested, contact Laura Silverman, 10arnoldpark@gmail.com.

Looking for a Job?

Center member Brenda Robak alerted us to an available job at Atlas Eats (where she works). They’re looking for a replacement for their morning baker, whose job hours are approximately 7am-1pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The work involves baking a few of their standard morning items including biscuits and scones, setting up displays, and customer service. She doesn’t think baking experience is necessary as long as you have a desire to learn, are responsible, can work on your feet, and can pay attention to details. http://www.atlas-eats.com/p/welcome.html

Seeking Dog Walker

Center member Susanna Guarino is looking for someone to let her new dog out for twenty minutes during the day while she’s at work. Pay would be $5 per visit. Susanna lives in the Beechwood neighborhood off Culver Road about two miles from the Center. You can contact her at suzrozmusic@gmail.com.

Book Club

The next book club meeting will be Sunday September 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Roshi’s library. Book to be discussed: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl.