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Sunday June 16 (In-person)

Youth Sunday

The Rochester Zen Center Youth and Family Program (affectionately called ‘Zen Kids’) meets on select Sundays from 8:30-10:30 am. We welcome children of all ages to our Youth Sundays, and families are invited to stay for our community brunch afterwards. Since we anticipate a wide range of ages, please RSVP Chris Maley (cmaley2@gmail.com) by Thursday evening…

Sunday June 16 (Hybrid)

Sangha Meeting

Friends, You are welcome to join our next Sangha meeting in-person (after the Sunday morning sitting at Arnold Park) or on Zoom using the usual meeting codes. These gatherings are a chance to let all who are interested know what’s going on and coming up at the Center — plus they’re an opportunity to ask…

Wednesday June 19 (In-person)

Youth Night in the Zendo

“Youth Night in the Zendo” (for children 9 years+) is held weekly on Wednesdays at 6-7pm except during sesshin or when the Center is closed.   We gather in the link or in the dining room before heading into the zendo. The general structure is: three rounds of zazen divided over 30 minutes, and then 30…

Thursday June 20 (Hybrid)

Repentance Ceremony

Everyone is invited to join with fellow Sangha members in the Arnold Park zendo at 7 p.m. for zazen (with dokusan for in-person participants), followed by this meaningful ceremony. Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, repentance has been an integral aspect of Buddhist practice. As Zen master Dogen said, “Sincere repentance helps us to cleanse…

Photo of Donna-sensei leading a workshop

Saturday June 22 (In-person)

Introduction to Zen: Meditation Workshop

Workshops at the Center: A Practical Introduction to Zen Throughout the year the Rochester Zen Center offers both in-person and online introductory meditation workshops taught either by Sensei John Pulleyn (pronounced “puh-leen“) or Sensei Dhara Kowal, along with senior students. Because getting started in Zen practice isn’t as simple as attending a new church on…

Buddha figure on an altar

Sunday June 23 (Hybrid)

Teisho (Dhara-sensei)

Teisho, (pronounced “TAY-show”), is a formal (though largely extemporaneous) commentary given at Rochester Zen Center by either Sensei Dhara Kowal or Sensei John Pulleyn while facing the altar. In sesshin it is usually on a koan or other Zen text, whereas outside sesshin it may be on a non-Zen article or book. A teisho is…

Photo of hands planting a seedling

Sunday June 23 (Hybrid)

Uprooting Racism

You’re invited to join this hour-long, hybrid meeting of Uprooting Racism. We begin at 11:15 am (Eastern) in the Garden Conference Room at Arnold Park and on Zoom . The mission of Uprooting Racism is to gain personal insight into racism in order to abandon it on an individual level, dismantle it on an institutional…

Monday June 24 (Online)

Parent Practice Group

Calling all those involved in parenting, including grandparents and chosen aunties and uncles! Once a month join Sangha member Susan Rakow on Zoom from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. (Eastern), for a light-hearted, expert-led, educational, and supportive Parent Practice group. Click here to sign up.

Photo of a woman with a saw

July 5-7 (In-person)

Chapin Mill Work Retreat

For many years, we’ve held an annual work retreat in honor of Ralph Chapin, who donated his country estate to the Center back in 1996. The goal of the retreat is to work together on upkeep of the buildings and grounds – and at the same time intensify our meditation practice and enjoy the beauty…

Stone Buddha sculpture

Saturday July 6 (Hybrid)

Zen 101

At our Introduction to Zen Meditation workshops, we cover the basics of zazen: posture, breath practice, and kinhin (walking meditation). In Zen 101, we discuss the more outward forms of Zen practice such as:  Prostrations: How do we do them and why?  Traditional Zen chanting.  Getting acquainted with some Zen terminology (e.g., Bodhisattva, Jukai, Rakusu,…

Group photo of sesshin participants

July 13-20, 2024 (Hybrid)

7-Day Sesshin

Sesshins (Zen meditation retreats held in silence and seclusion) are offered about once a month at the Rochester Zen Center. They vary in length from two to seven days.

What to Know Before Applying to Sesshin
Sesshins are rigorous, demanding a great deal of the sitter….

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Help with the Cost of Sesshin

RZC’s Training Fund

Do you need financial help with sesshin or residential training? With the recent increase in sesshin costs, we’re guessing more people need this support. We want to get the word out that the Training Fund is here to help. If costs make the difference between your applying or not applying, please do ask for Training…

Saturday August 17 (In-person)

Annual Sangha Picnic

Warm weather is here, and the potluck picnic at Chapin Mill, our retreat center outside of Batavia, is today! 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 – as well as their families and friends and pets. Everyone…

Sunday August 18 (Online)

Dharma Reflections

A Sangha Engagement Online Program Dharma Reflections takes place the third Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 2:15pm Eastern on Zoom. Longtime RZC member Larry McSpadden leads  friendly discussions, suitable for newcomers and established practitioners alike, on short selections of Buddhist writings and teachings. If you’re interested in attending DR meetings or need more…

October 10 - 24 (Hybrid)

Fall Term Intensive

Our next Term Intensive (TI) runs October 10-24, 2024. The Term Intensive offers us a supportive structure in which to extend our practice efforts for a set period of time. Participants pledge to uphold a schedule of increased sitting and, if they wish, other aspects of discipline that relate directly or indirectly to their Zen…

Sangha Emails

An extensive list of emails to the community — from the present to 2018 — with news and details about many current and past events.