Sign Language Interpreter for Workshop

Thanks to two volunteers from the Rochester Institute of Technology, our Introductory Workshop this Saturday, December 1, will be signed. If you know someone from the deaf community who might like to attend, let him or her know!

Arnold Park Temple Cleaning: New Date

Because of how the calendar works out this year, there’s less time than usual between our return from Christmas break and the start of the January Rohatsu sesshin. After a little consultation, we’ve decided to move our annual “Cleaning of the Temple” at Arnold Park into the New Year and tackle it on Wednesday, January 16. We’ll send out a reminder.

Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony

Tomorrow evening (Thursday, November 29) we’ll have the annual celebration of the Buddha’s great Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, complete with sutra reading, chanting, and warm milk-rice in the candle-lit dining room. Sitting begins at 7 pm, and the ceremony will follow at 8:00.

All-day Sitting This Sunday, December 2

Each month we look to schedule a day of extended sitting, and for December it’s this coming Sunday. Come if you can for any block of sitting or for all of them! More information is posted on the Center’s website here.

6:15 am                 Zazen

7:30                       Breakfast (Center will provide)

8:30                       Zazen & teisho

~10:30                   Brunch

11:00                     Zazen

12:50                     Lunch break (bring your own)

1:30-3:00                Zazen, ending with the Four Vows

Book Club Meeting

There’s a meeting this Sunday, December 2, at 6:30 pm at the Center. We’ll be discussing The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.

Calling All Families

A message from the Youth and Family Task Force:

Have you noticed the lively voices and antics of children at Arnold Park and Chapin Mill? The number of families with children at the Rochester Zen Center is increasing.

The Board of Trustees has appointed a Task Force to make recommendations to it about how the Zen Center may better support the needs of its families.

In your family, are there any children who are high-school age or younger? Note: This may include grandchildren, children for whom you have guardianship, or others with whom you have a close family relationship.

If yes, please click on the link below and take this 5-minute survey to help the Task Force get a better handle on how many families with children we have in the Sangha, so that we can do a better job assessing our families’ needs and interests.