Rohatsu - December 5-9, 2016

To celebrate the remembrance of Buddha's enlightenment, there will be a week of sitting starting Monday December 5 and ending Friday December 9. The schedule for each day will be a series of sittings and breaks similar to the Saturday Zazenkai schedule. All are welcome to come at any point and join us for one or many periods of Zazen. If you know of anyone in the local community who might be interested, please pass along the schedule. All sittings will take place at the Zendo in Lawrenceville.

Rohatsu Schedule

Monday December 5 to Friday December 9: 1:30pm-8:30pm

Stillpoint Community Meeting

The annual Stillpoint Community Meeting will occur Sunday January 22, 2017. There will be one regular sitting at 9:30am followed by the Community Meeting. All are invited.

An Evening of Zen

The 4th Thursday of the month Stillpoint hosts an Evening of Zen suitable for newcomers as well as advanced practitioners. The event is from 7:00 – 8:30 PM -- next sessions are December 22, 2016 and January 26, 2017 (no session on Thanksgiving Day).

An Evening of Zen is taught by Rev. Kotoku Crivello of the Zen Center of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Stillpoint Zen Community

More information is here

Update: Stillpoint 2016 Fall Sesshin with Shokaku Okumura-Roshi a Great Success

Stillpoint was once again honored to offer our 2016 Fall Sesshin with Shohaku Okuura-Roshi October 7-9 2016.

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 travelled 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 practioner 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.  He has a very special connection with our sangha, and despite the fact that his travels are being reduced to safeguard his health, we are very fortunate that he wishes to continue his annual retreats with us

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
October 22, 2016
November 26, 2016
December 24, 2016
January 28, 2017
February 25, 2017
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

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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 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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