50th Anniversary

Rochester Zen Center

The Rochester Zen Center Sangha Engagement Committee

Ways to Engage (off the cushion) at RZC

On-going activities:

  • The Zen of Living and Dying – an open and ongoing group meeting for support and discussion. This group gathers to provide support and discuss these issues from a Buddhist perspective. We meet regularly every 2-3 weeks, typically following Sunday zazen and brunch. All are welcomed and encouraged to join. Contact Wayman Kubicka (lou.kubicka@gmail.com) for information about the next meeting.
  • Serving Meals to the Hungry – Andy McClain leads a group of 10-15 volunteers at the Asbury Caring and Dining Center. We help prepare and plate meals, as well as give full table service to anywhere from 60-120 guests. The current dates of our rotation are Sundays: July 10, September 11 and November 13. Our shifts begin at 11:30 am and go to ~1:45. Many of us meet at RZC at 11:15 after Sunday’s brunch to walk to the church. If you are interested in volunteering and/or want more information, contact Andy (andy@rzc.org).
  • “Seeing Through Racism” group – This group meets with the intention of removing our separation from others. With racism being one of the most insidious sources of dukkha in our culture, we strive to gain personal insight into it. We seek to abandon it on an individual level, to dismantle it on an institutional level, and to uproot it in our sangha. Discussions, chanting, videos and other activities. Contact Gerry Dartt, 585-406-4531 or Jim Thompson, 585-703-7739.
  • Knitting for the NICU  We’ve begun a fun and creative project of knitting and crocheting for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Strong Hospital.  There is a need for preemie caps, booties, and blankets for these tiny babies.  These items, which keep a preemie warm, are a vital part of their growth and survival.
    If you would like to participate, contact Deborah Zaretsky by phone or email (deborah.zaretsky@gmail.com or 749-9610).  If you don’t know how to knit she can show you.

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