TI Reminder: Term Intensive Starts Thursday, January 20

The winter 4-week Term Intensive begins tonight and runs through February 17. It’s not too late to join. Simply fill out the online application here. We will meet each Thursday evening after an hour of zazen (7:00 – 8:00 pm) to share our experiences. We’ll be using the usual Zoom meeting room. Contact Trueman if you have questions.

Finding Your Seat This Saturday, January 22, 11 am – noon

Although Zen practice is simple and direct, it’s not easy. The Center offers hour-long Saturday sessions on Zoom to help. Sessions are led by senior students to answer questions, offer advice and encouragement, and lead a short round of sitting. Contact Jeanette for the Zoom access code.

Youth Sunday Canceled and Temple Cleaning Postponed

The Center remains closed due to the spike in COVID-19 infections. Accordingly, the Youth Sunday scheduled for this Sunday, January 23, has been cancelled. We’re also postponing Temple Cleaning at Chapin Mill, which had been scheduled for Saturday, January 29. We’ll let you know when we have a new date.

Sunday, January 23: Teisho (9:30) and Sangha Meeting (10:30)

This Sunday, after the morning sitting and Sensei’s teisho, we’ll hold a twice-postponed Sangha meeting. Just use the usual Zoom meeting codes to attend online.

Also on January 23, Zen of Living and Dying, 11 am – noon

At Zen of Living and Dying meetings, we share, we listen, we open our hearts, and maybe shed a tear or laugh. Working with issues of life, death, and illness from the perspective of Zen practice, we see how these can help us to grow in our understanding and compassion – for the benefit of ourselves and others. To attend on Zoom contact Eryl.

Extended Sitting, Sunday, January 30, 6:15 am – 3:30 pm

Daily sittings are great, but an extended sitting is a chance to wade further into the waters of zazen. You’ll get a break from stress, a taste of a sesshin day, and maybe even a new perspective on your mind and life. Besides the usual sitting that will run from 8:30 to around 10:30, there are three other blocks of formal sitting scheduled. Private instruction will be offered during the late-morning block. Join us on Zoom! The schedule is posted here.

Uprooting Racism Speaker Series: Conor Dwyer Reynolds of the Rochester Police Accountability Board

Please join Uprooting Racism for a free Zoom discussion with Conor Dwyer Reynolds, Executive Director of the Rochester Police Accountability Board (PAB). The event will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm EST on Sunday, January 30.

Conor Dwyer Reynolds is a Rochester native and graduate of the University of Rochester and Yale Law School. Conor worked for President Obama at the White House and on the Obama-Biden campaign. In his legal career, Conor has sued banks to protect homeowners from foreclosure, served as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, and co-led Yale Law School’s Environmental Protection Clinic. During his time at the Clinic, Conor led a project to address the racist legacy of racially-restrictive covenants in Monroe County.

All are welcome, Zen Center members and non-members, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, local and non-local to Rochester, friends, family, and the curious alike. For much more information and to register for a free “ticket,” please click here. Questions or problems? Please contact Luka.