Behemoth Barrier

For the next 3-4 weeks, a gigantic lift will be blocking the entrance to the Link, while exterior repairs are being made.

Beginning today, please come and go through the 5 Arnold Park entrance (on the porch, to the left of the main entrance), which will be unlocked a half-hour before the start of each sitting. Be sure to remove your shoes upon entering and carry them to the Link shoe and coat room.

Trustee Election – Remember to Vote

Last week we emailed a link to all full members of the Center to vote in this year’s Trustee election. So far only 72 of our 469 members have voted. If you haven’t yet voted, you can be an active participant in the Center’s governance by voting before the May 29 annual meeting.

No Finding Your Seat on Saturday, May 14

With all our facilitators attending the Board of Trustees’ meeting this weekend, the next FYS will be on May 21 at 11 a.m. (EDT).

Coming-to-the-Path Talk, Sunday, May 15: Desiree Jaeger-Fine

The next Coming-to-the-Path talk will be delivered by Desiree Jaeger-Fine after the morning sitting this Sunday. You’re invited to join us in the Arnold Park zendo, on Zoom, or via our audio livestream.

Dharma Reflections, May 15: The Four Noble Truths

On the third Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m., longtime Sangha member Larry McSpadden leads a friendly discussion on short selections from Buddhist writings and teachings, suitable for newcomers and established practitioners alike. This Sunday we’ll discuss an overview of the Four Noble Truths. You’re welcome to join us! To receive the Zoom codes, register for a “free ticket” here.

RZC at the Climate Solutions Summit

Tom Kowal represented the Rochester Zen Center in a panel discussion during the Climate Solutions Accelerator Virtual Conference on Saturday, April 23. He was one of the participants in the Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action (RAICA) panel discussion. If you’re interested in learning about the Center’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, you can view Tom’s presentation on YouTube at this link. (His presentation begins at the 8:40 mark.)

Fundraiser for Cloud Water Zen Centre

As part of the fundraising campaign to establish a country retreat center, Sensei Karl Kaliski, a Dharma heir in our lineage and resident teacher at the Cloud Water Zen Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, will be running a marathon on May 29 – something he’s never done before.

The country retreat center will be a space where Sangha members can participate in short-term stays, periods of residential training, and intensive retreats.