Burning House Department

This just in: There is a second theme to tomorrow’s downtown rally and march (Rochester Climate Strike). It turns out that after the initial climate-change rally at Rochester’s City Hall (3:30 – 4:00 pm), people will be invited to march up Main Street to the Rochester Gas & Electric building, on East Avenue, to protest RG&E’s billing policies with respect to people on welfare or low income. Although this second theme is not unrelated to global warming, it does blur the focus of the event somewhat.

If you are ambivalent about attending tomorrow’s rally-march (perhaps because of time constraints), know that after the initial rally and speeches, you could always decamp, without joining the march. Others may want to do the whole march, which ends at the Federal Building. But even attending the rally will deliver a message on climate change to the City of Rochester and our Congressional representatives. 

Term Intensive on the Horizon

Our October sesshin begins on Saturday, and on the Thursday of the following week (October 10), we’ll hold the Opening Ceremony for the Fall Term Intensive. If you’d like to join with others in making and fulfilling a commitment to ramp up your practice and work on whatever habits, good or bad, that call to you, fill out a TI form and e-mail it to trueman@rzc.org, or print it out and send it in.

Information, instructions, and forms are all on the Center’s website here and are also available at 7 Arnold Park in the Link.

Book Club: Two Dates

The next book club meeting will be a collaboration with Rainbow Sangha. We are meeting to discuss The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m. at the Zen Center, specific location TBD.

About The Way of Tenderness: “In The Way of Tenderness, Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel brings Buddhist philosophies of emptiness and appearance to bear on race, sexuality, and gender, using wisdom forged through personal experience and practice to rethink problems of identity and privilege.”

And if you really like advance notice, the next book will be Active Hope by Joanna Macy, to be discussed Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (time and date subject to change).