Email: July 19

Air Conditioning in the Zendo Now that we have some experience with our new zendo “mini-split” unit (which heats in winter and cools in summer), we’ve figured out how to combine fans and A/C to make summer sittings less of an ascetic practice. (We won’t, of course, go to the opposite extreme of offices and…

Sangha Picnic

Summer is here, and the potluck picnic at Chapin Mill , our retreat center outside of Batavia, is coming soon! This year’s picnic is set for Saturday, August 17. Come and enjoy Sangha, great food, and 125 acres of woods, ponds, foxes, turtles, and much more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with members –…

Email: July 12

Unclaimed Shoes, Coats, and Other Items We recently did a vast sweep of unclaimed clothing in both Arnold Park buildings. All unclaimed shoes, boots, coats, and sweaters from the link coat room, 5 Arnold Park entrance area, and shoe cubby holes near the zendo are now in the basement laundry room of 7 Arnold Park….

Email: July 6

Sangha Hike Tomorrow, Sunday, July 7: New Location The next hike organized by the Sangha Engagement Committee will take place tomorrow, Sunday, July 7, at Shadow Pines in Penfield. Participants will be meeting at the Clark House parking lot (600 Whalen Road) at 2:00 PM. (A MapQuest link is here.) For those who would like…

Sitting with Care

With the help of a months-long training program, a senior member dedicates himself to volunteer with people struggling with sickness, old, age, and death A couple years ago, I noticed that my collection of books about illness, end of life, dying, and death had overflowed from a third shelf onto a fourth. Around the same…

Email: July 5

An Announcement from Roshi about the 2020 Summer Sesshins In scheduling 7-day sesshins for next year, I’ve invited Amala-sensei to lead the two in the summer, and am pleased to say that she has agreed to do so. In recent years one or another of my teacher-disciples, at my invitation, has stepped in to lead…

Sei and Her Soul Separate

A vintage koan commentary by the Center’s founder, the late Roshi Philip Kapleau. Mumonkan number 35: Sei and her soul separate The Case Goso asked a monk, “Sei and her soul separated—which is the true one?” The Commentary If you realize the One, you will know that we pass from one husk to another like…