Bodhin Roshi at GeneseoRoshi Bodhin KjolhedeTwo Zen bells

Workshops at the Center: a practical introduction to Zen

Seven times a year the Rochester Zen Center offers a full-day introductory workshop taught by the Abbot, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede (pronounced “coal-heed”), and his senior students. Because beginning in Zen isn’t as simple as deciding to attend a new church on Sunday, the introductory workshop is aimed at providing a useful introduction to Zen Buddhism, demystifying the religion and giving basic instruction on how to practice zazen (Zen meditation). It’s a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from seasoned practitioners at one of the country’s largest and oldest Zen centers. The workshops are scheduled on Saturdays and begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Zen Center’s city center near downtown Rochester. For a detailed description of the workshop, please download the workshop brochure.

In-person workshops are on hold during the lockdown, but we are offering them now online. Details and application form are here.

To register for a workshop, you’ll need to fill out a registration form and send payment.  You can do that in one of two ways: