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

Y
oga Class, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm

A weekly one-hour yoga class, led by certified yoga instructor Barbara Lebeau. People of all skill levels are welcome. Please bring your own mat or a large towel.

More information here

Writing As A Wisdom Project - Saturday March 18, 2017

Catherine Gammon will once again offer the Writing As A Wisdom Project at Stillpoint on Saturday March 18, 2017 from 9am-5pm.

Combining meditation in the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this workshop invites intimate and creative study of the mind. Engaging playfully with language, we write together from prompts and read aloud, listen, and respond to one another’s words. Our writings and responses are explorations, and our conversations are based in imaginative insight rather than craft or critique. The day is appropriate for participants at any level of literary or meditation experience. Meditation guidance will be offered as needed.

More information on this great event here


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

        4th Saturdays:   All day zazenkai  8:30AM to 5PM
March 25, 2017
April 22, 2017
May 27, 2017
June 24, 2017
July 22, 2017
August 26, 2017
September 23, 2017
October 28, 2017
November 25, 2017
December 23, 2017

Quarterly sesshin (retreat)
Thursday night 7pm-8:30pm
Friday 8:30am-8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am-8:30pm
and morning service on Sunday

October 2017: residential retreat with Roshi Shohaku Okumura, location TBD

        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
More information here

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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