No Dokusan Thursday Night, October 24

Roshi will be leaving for Madison Thursday morning to lead a 2-day sesshin at the Madison Zen Center. Dokusan resumes Monday night, October 28.

All-Day Sitting and Dharma Talk

John Pulleyn will give a Dharma talk this Sunday, October 27. It’s also an all-day sitting. Here’s the schedule for the day:

6:15 am Zazen
7:30 Breakfast (Center will provide)
8:30     Zazen & Dharma talk (John Pulleyn)
~10:30 Brunch
11:00 Zazen
12:50 Lunch break (bring your own)
1:30-3:00 Zazen, ending with the Four Vows

You’re welcome to come for any block of sitting, including our regular 8:30 to 10:30 slot, which will include John’s Dharma talk.

Diversity Initiative

The Zen Center has appointed two people to serve as diversity co-coordinators: Donna Kowal and Dené Redding. Working together, in consultation with Roshi, they will review the Center’s introductory workshops, training programs, and everyday operations with an eye toward identifying ways of cultivating a more inclusive environment. Such efforts may include, but are not limited to, offering cultural competency training, updating applications, and improving signage. This work has already begun (for example, Center supervisors participated in an Out Alliance LGBTQ+ program at the Center this past June) and will be a continuing process. Donna and Dené have developed a working list of diversity initiatives and welcome input from the Sangha. If you have any suggestions you’d like to share, please email them at and

Autumn 2019 Zen Bow

The autumn 2019 issue of Zen Bow (Volume XLI, No. 3) is now available on the Center’s website at Autumn 2019 Zen Bow. You can also view the past several years of Zen Bow at Past Issues of Zen Bow