Joining the 2-Day Sesshin (May 7-9)

The regular schedule of morning and evening Zoom sittings is cancelled during sesshin. However, to remind people who are not attending sesshin, you are welcome to join any parts of the sesshin (though without private instruction). If you do, please enter before the block of sitting begins or during a kinhin so as to minimize distraction. Likewise, if you cannot stay for the entire block of sitting, exit Zoom during one of the kinhins whenever possible. Here is the schedule so you know what times to enter and join (the rounds are 35 minutes long with a 7-minute kinhin in between). Note: the sesshin (including Dharma talks) will be broadcast both on the Center’s audio-livestream and Zoom.

For local Sangha who are fully vaccinated, you can also join the Arnold Park zendo, Saturday and Sunday mornings, for the first block (6:00 – 8:00 a.m.). Most of the residents will be attending the sesshin at Chapin Mill, but a handful will be “holding down the fort” at Arnold Park. The front door will be unlocked at 5:30 am. As with the Zoom sittings, if you can’t stay for the three rounds, exit during the second kinhin if you need to miss the third round.

If you have any questions, please text Trueman Taylor at (585)-721-5757.

The regular Zoom sittings will resume Monday morning (7:00–8:00), May 10.

Finding Your Seat Cancelled

Finding Your Seat (11:00 am – noon) is also cancelled tomorrow because of the 2-day sesshin. FYS will resume Saturday, May 15.

Sangha Hike

Join us for a Sangha Hike, this Sunday, May 9, at 1:30. The location is to be determined. Contact Brendon Caroselli for details:

Coming Soon: Sangha Programs Interest Survey

One of the first initiatives of our new Sangha Programs Office is to seek input on the kinds of Zen Center programming that you’d be interested in. This could include social get-togethers, lectures, discussion groups, outdoor recreation, community service, or other in-person and online activities.

Next week, all Center members and friends will be sent an email invitation to complete an interest survey. Our goal is to offer a wide variety of activities and events that reflect the diverse interests, perspectives, and life experiences of our Sangha, both local and out-of-town. And, that’s where you come in: we need your input! Please be on the lookout for the survey next week.