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Sunday February 25 (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…

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Sunday February 25 (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…

Sunday February 25 (Online)

Zen of Living and Dying

About every couple of weeks after the Sunday morning sitting at 11:30 a.m., a group of Sangha members meets for an hour on Zoom to provide support for each other while dealing with issues of life, death, and illness. Participants affectionately refer to the group as ZLD. At ZLD meetings, we share, we listen, we…

Monday February 26 (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.

Sunday March 3 (Hybrid)

Extended Sitting

Daily sittings are great, but an extended sitting is a chance to wade further into the waters of zazen. You’ll get a break from stress, a taste of a sesshin day, and maybe even a new perspective on your mind and life. Besides the usual sitting that will run from 8:30 to around 10:30, there…

Sunday March 3 (Hybrid)

Coming to the Path Talk by Christopher Maley

The next Coming to the Path talk will be delivered by Christopher Maley after the morning sitting on Sunday, March 3. In Coming to the Path talks, senior students share their journey to the Dharma and to the Rochester Zen Center. You’re invited to join us onsite in the Arnold Park zendo, on Zoom, or via…

Thursday March 14 (Hybrid)

Repentance Ceremony

Repentance Gatha All harmful actions committed by me since time immemorial Stemming from greed, anger, and delusion, Arising from body, speech, and mind, I now repent having committed. More details to come…

Saturday March 16 (Hybrid)

Zen 101

Our next “Zen 101 class” will be Saturday, March 16, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.  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…

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April 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….

Sunday April 21 (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…