50th Anniversary

Rochester Zen Center

Audio stream should be available for all scheduled sittings, and for sesshin. Check the calendar here.

Formal Morning Sittings with Chanting:
Tuesday through Friday: 5:45 – 7:00 a.m.
Saturday: 6:15 – 7:30 a.m.
Sunday: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Formal Evening Sittings:
Monday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The usual schedule for Sundays begins with a 50-minute sitting (with a bell at the half-way point) followed by kinhin, chanting, and a talk (teisho or Dharma talk). If there is no talk, we usually sit three 25 minute rounds with kinhin in between and finish with a chanting service. Refer to the calendar for dates of Sunday sittings, which are always marked.

Tips for quality sound while listening:
Make sure that the volume on the web player is all the way up, then control the volume of your computer or device. The sound quality varies for the built-in speakers of computers and mobile devices, but they tend to sound ‘tinny’ and only cover the higher pitched sounds. If you don’t want to use headphones, an external speaker with its own power source will likely give better sound reproduction. Searching online for ‘amplified computer speakers’ or ‘portable bluetooth speaker’ will turn up results for options in a very broad price range. Many existing portable radios and stereos also have an “AUX” input, which will allow you to connect your device with a basic connection cable that can be found for a few dollars at most grocery stores, department stores, and pharmacies.

If you have any questions or suggestions for improving this experience, please contact Tom Kowal at tmkowal75@gmail.com