New “Finding-Your-Seat” Series

After some experimentation, we’re pretty happy with the format for our Finding-Your-Seat program, which runs on Saturday mornings between Introductory Workshops. Whether you’re new to sitting and the Zen Center or not, please join us if you’d like help getting your sitting habit established and becoming more comfortable with coming to the Center.

If you’ve attended one of the Saturday Introductory Workshops, no matter how long ago, you qualify. Our first meeting in this current series is this Saturday, May 5, in the Community Space behind 7 Arnold Park, from 11:00 to noon. Give us a call at 585-473-9180 or email if you’d like to come.

Sangha Dinner

Please join the Rochester Zen Center community on Saturday, May 5, for a vegetarian dinner in the Center’s dining room.

We’ll start cooking at 5 pm and begin eating around 6:15 pm. Participants may arrive any time before 6:15 pm to help cook or just to eat. After dinner we’ll clean up the kitchen.

The menu will consist of rice, lentils, and a lightly seasoned salad.

If you plan on attending, please email Devin Wiesner at The dinner is free.

Concert on Friday

The Dharma Arts Group will be going to the Eastman School of Music this Friday (tomorrow, May 4) for a free performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah. Check it out here.

If you’re interested in coming along, contact Devin Wiesner at The concert runs from 8 to 10 pm in the Kodak Hall of the Eastman Theatre.

Crazywise: a Documentary

Center member Joel Lesses sent along this invitation:

Greetings, I am having people over to my apartment (on Arnold Park) Saturday night to watch Crazywise, a documentary regarding mental health as a potential spiritual opportunity. About the film:

“Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.”

You can watch the trailer here and can contact Joel by email or Facebook PM at