Dharma Talk Tomorrow

On Sunday, March 21, John Pulleyn will give a Dharma Talk. And the following Sunday, March 28, we have an Extended Sitting, with Roshi possibly giving teisho.

Join Us for a Sangha Hike!

Meet us at 1 pm on Sunday, March 21, at Mendon Ponds Park, for a 3-mile hike on mostly flat terrain. We will gather at The Nature Center 27 Pond Rd. Honeoye Falls, NY before we move to the trail head. Bring your mask, and your dogs! For more information, contact Brendon Caroselli at brendoncaroselli@gmail.com or (585) 880-5975.

Sitting for Tyshon Jones

On Monday, March 22, 1:00-2:00 pm, we will gather at the Open Door Mission (210 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14614) for a meditation and compassionate healing vigil for Tyshon Jones, near where he was recently killed by police gunfire. Please arrive by 12:45 pm. We will be sitting on the sidewalk, near the street. Be prepared with enough cushioning, a hat for the sunny weather, and payment for street parking or pay lots; do not park in the Open Door parking lot. We will have two twenty-minute rounds with kinhin in between. For more information, contact Dwain Wilder at dwain@bearmeadow.com (put “sitting4Tyshon” in the subject), or (585) 288-5031.

Sitting for Daniel Prude

On Tuesday, March 23, 2:45 am – 4:30 am, there will be a very early morning lantern-lit meditation vigil in observation of the anniversary hours of Daniel Prude’s agony while in custody of the Rochester police. This sitting will be a little less formal than our usual practice, so feel free to bring your hot coffee, tea, etc. Plan to arrive by 2:30 am; there will be twenty-minute rounds, kinhin, and a 10-15 minute visit to Daniel Prude’s memorial.

We will be sitting in the grass, across the street from the Abundant Life Faith Center, 427 Jefferson Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611. Good nearby parking is along Jefferson Terrace Park’s frontage, on Jefferson just between Tremont Street and Dr. Samuel McCree Way. Please bring any lantern you have (no candles or open flames please). For more information, contact Dwain Wilder at dwain@bearmeadow.com  (put “sitting4Daniel” in the subject), or (585) 288-5031.

Climate of Change

Starting April 1, Climate Solutions Accelerator is hosting a program called Climate of Change, which is modeled after United Way’s 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. Built to be specific to Rochester, aiming to inspire change, the program seeks to show participants how injustice is both a cause and effect of climate change. To learn more, visit Climate of Change.

Now with ASL interpretation: Unlearning Anti-Trans Bias in Culture and Media

A reminder that on Saturday, March 27, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, the Center will be hosting a special panel discussion on the Netflix film Disclosure. ASL interpretation will now be available for this event. Feel free to share this Eventbrite link with friends and family who might be interested; by registering for a free ticket, they will receive the Zoom meeting information in an email ahead of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Luka Häkkilä (they/them) at hakkila@wisc.edu.


Chapin Mill is looking to see if anyone has a treadmill, used but in good condition, that they would be willing to donate. If so, contact Donna Kowal at donnakowala@gmail.com.