Stillpoint is a lay Zen community committed to making Zen practice truly accessible to the Pittsburgh community.  We offer introductions to zazen, a morning and evening sitting schedule, Sunday service, monthly day-long sittings, and occasional special events, including retreats led by visiting teachers.


Current and Upcoming Special Events

A Morning with Beth Kanji Goldring - October 28, 2018

Beth Goldring
Dharma talk by our friend and special guest, Beth Kanji Goldring, founder and former director of the Cambodian Aids Project. During the life of the Project, Beth visited Stillpoint regularly to meditate with us and to report on its progress. Now retired, she spends her time teaching, writing, and giving dharma talks in Asia and the United States.

Beth Kanji Goldring, a Zen priest and fully authorized Vipassana teacher will give a talk titled: Buddhist Ethics and Meditation; Structural Violence; and the Banality of Evil. The talk is intended to raise questions about the powers and limitations of Buddhist teachings in the face of current political, economic and ecological crises. Beth has been an Engaged Buddhist activist in the US, Palestine and Cambodia since 1982.



Sesshin with Shohaku Okumura November 15-18, 2018

Shohaku Okumura-Roshi will lead our annual Fall Stillpoint retreat at Villa Maria.

Registration is open. 

UPDATE - Registration has been extended until November 1, 2018.





Zazenkai - Friday October 26 and Saturday October 27, 2018

Stillpoint will be open for the full zazenkai schedule on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.

Friday 10/26  8:30am-8:10pm
Saturday 10/27  8:30am-8:40pm

Come for the whole day or any portion thereof. 

Six sets each day consisting of: 
30 minutes zazen 
10 minutes kinhin 
30 minutes zazen 

Sets start at:
Friday:     8:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:20pm, and 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm



Friday October 26 - 8:30am - 8:10pm
8:30am Zazen 9:00am Kinhin 9:10am Zazen 9:40am Rest
10:30am Zazen 11:00am Kinhin 11:10am Zazen 11:40am Lunch
1:30pm Zazen 2:00pm Kinhin 2:10pm Zazen 2:40pm Rest
3:30pm Zazen 4:00pm Kinhin 4:10pm Zazen 4:40pm Rest
5:20pm Zazen 5:50pm Kinhin 6:00pm Zazen 6:30pm Rest
7:00pm Zazen 7:30pm Kinhin 7:40pm Zazen 8:10pm End
Saturday October 27 - 8:30am - 8:40pm
8:30am Zazen 9:00am Kinhin 9:10am Zazen 9:40am Rest
10:30am Zazen 11:00am Kinhin 11:10am Zazen 11:40am Lunch
1:30pm Zazen 2:00pm Kinhin 2:10pm Zazen 2:40pm Rest
3:30pm Zazen 4:00pm Kinhin 4:10pm Zazen 4:40pm Rest
5:30pm Zazen 6:00pm Kinhin 6:10pm Zazen 6:40pm Rest
7:30pm Zazen 8:00pm Kinhin 8:10pm Zazen 8:40pm End



Regularly Scheduled Events

Regular Practice Schedule: (for more detail see our Practice Schedule.)

        Sundays             9:30 am - 12:15 pm
        Wednesdays      7:00 pm -   9:00 pm

        All day zazenkai
        4th Saturday and preceding Friday:      8:30AM to 8:30PM

                  October 26-27, 2018
November 23-24, 2018
December 21-22, 2018


        Visit Stillpoint: We welcome you to sit with us at any of our regularly scheduled practice periods.

        For an orientation to Zen practice at Stillpoint or to join us for sitting,
please come 15 minutes before a regularly scheduled sitting

Questions? Email sit@stillpointzen.org

Current Study and Readings:
         Following our regular practices on Wednesday and Sunday a short reading and informal discussion is offered.
         Come just to sit, or join us following practice, as we continue our readings from:

The Hidden Lamp- Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women

Book Cover: The Hidden Lamp

Publisher's Description

Recently Completed:
The Blue Cliff Record (tr. Thomas Cleary & J.C. Cleary)
Swampland Flowers: The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui (tr. J.C. Cleary)
Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen (Shunryu Suzuki)
Transmission of Light: Zen in The Art of Enlightenment (Zen Master Keizan, tr. Thomas Cleary)
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice (Shunryu Suzuki)



                                                  







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