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

Save the Dates - Sesshin with Shohaku Okumura November 15-19, 2018

This year the residential retreat with Shohaku Okumura at Villa Maria will be held in November. 
Watch here for further information and registration information coming soon.


Zazenkai - Friday August 24 and Saturday August 25, 2018



The July 2018 zazenkai, which would normally be July 27-28, is cancelled.

Stillpoint will be open for the full zazenkai schedule on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25.

Friday 8/24  8:30am-8:10pm
Saturday 8/25  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 August 24 - 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 August 25 - 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

Yoga Class, (most) 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.

Please call Barbara to let her know if you plan to attend, and to verify that the class will be held that evening.

More information, including Barbara's phone number, here.


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

July 27-28, 2018 CANCELLED
August 24-25, 2018
September 21-22, 2018
October 26-27, 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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