November 2015 News: Writing as a Wisdom Project & A Morning with Beth Kanji Goldring

The end of November brought a flurry of activity at the Zendo as Stillpoint once again was the location of Catherine Gammon's well received writing workshop that combined meditation with the practice of imaginative writing.

More information about this wonderful event is available here

Our Zendo also hosted a Dharma talk by our friend and special guest, Beth Kanji Goldring. Beth is founder and former director of the Cambodian Aids Project ( It is always a pleasure to see Beth and hear her insight from many years of active community practice.

Fall 2015 Retreat a Great Success

Shohaku Okumura-Roshi once again led our annual Stillpoint retreat that took place on October 9th to 11th, 2015 at Villa Maria retreat facility north of Pittsburgh.

Okumura-Roshi is the Abbott and head teacher at Sanshin-ji, a Zen community which he founded in Bloomington Indiana eleven years ago.  He has traveled widely throughout Asia, Europe and South America, as well as various retreat centers in the USA sharing the Dharma and is one of the world’s foremost scholars of Dogen Zenji’s teachings as well as being a dedicated life-long practitioner of those teachings. He has led numerous Stillpoint retreats here in Pittsburgh since 1996 and has provided inspirational spiritual guidance to our community for many years. 

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.

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
January 24, 2015
February 28, 2015
March 28, 2015
April 25, 2015
May 23, 2015
June 27, 2015
July 25, 2015
August 22, 2015
September 26, 2015
October 24, 2015
November 28, 2015
December 26, 2015

Quarterly sesshin (retreat): Thursday night, all day Friday and Saturday and morning service on Sunday
January 2015: 1/23-25 at Stillpoint zendo in Lawrenceville
April 2015: 4/23-26 at Stillpoint zendo in Lawrenceville
July 2015:  7/23-26 at Stillpoint zendo in Lawrenceville
October 2105: 10/9-11 at Franciscan Spirit and Life Center in South Hills (residential retreat) with Roshi Shohaku Okumura

        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

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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 Blue Cliff Record (tr. Thomas Cleary & J.C. Cleary) - Wednesday following Zazen

Recently Completed:
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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