Rochester Zen Center

The Rochester Zen Center Sangha Engagement Committee

Ways to Engage (off the cushion) at RZC

 Upcoming events:

  • Veggie Indian potluck dinner: Saturday, March 7, at Arnold Park. Come early for informal zazen and be ready for the dinner bell to ring promptly at 6pm. There will be an opportunity after cleanup for anyone who’s interested to play board games. Bring a favorite or take a chance on learning something new provided by the Board Game Appreciation Group. Contact Devin Wiesner ( to RSVP, ask questions, or to coordinate a dish.
  • The Board Game Appreciation Group (BGAG) invites gaming fanatics and casual players to keep out the cold with us on March 15th in the Zen Center library, following Sunday brunch.  Players are welcome to share their own favorite board game or play any one of the games provided.

On-going activities:

  • Buddhism in Old Age Sickness and Death – an open and ongoing group meeting for support and discussion. This group gathers to provide support and discuss these issues from a Buddhist perspective. The group meets regularly every 2-3 weeks, typically following Sunday zazen and brunch. All are welcomed and encouraged to join. Contact Wayman Kubicka ( 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 2/22, 4/26, 6/28, 8/30 and 11/01. The shifts begin at 11:00 AM and run to around 1:45. Many of us meet here at the Zen Center after Sunday’s brunch at 10:45 to walk down to the church. If you are interested in volunteering and/or want more information, contact Andy (
  • “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. Questions? Contact Gerry Dartt, 585-406-4531 or Jim Thompson, 585-703-7739.

 The Sangha Engagement Committee needs you!

Do you have an activity or hobby that you’d like to share with or teach others? Whether it be a passion for music, movies, creative writing, book club, or knitting –  let us know about an activity or event that you’d like to organize and lead. It’s a great way to get to know your zazen neighbors and have a good time doing it.

Contact to ask questions or get further details on any event.