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



Rohatsu Sitting - December 3 through December 8, 2018

Rohatsu literally means "the 8th day of the 12th month", and is the day commemorating the anuttarā-samyak-saṃbodhi, the unsurpassed complete awakening, of Shakyamuni Buddha. Stillpoint will be open in the afternoons all week to celebrate, and all night Friday night into Saturday morning, the morning of Rohatsu.

Here is the practice schedule. All are welcome to come join us for any portion of the schedule.

Monday       12/3  1:30pm-8:40pm
Tuesday      12/4  1:30pm-8:40pm
Wednesday 12/5  1:30pm-8:40pm
Thursday     12/6  1:30pm-8:40pm
Friday          12/7  1:30pm-11:40pm
Saturday      12/8  12:30am-5:40am 


Come for the whole day or any portion thereof. 

Each set consist of: 
30 minutes zazen 
10 minutes kinhin 
30 minutes zazen 

Sets start at:
Monday - Thursday:     1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm
Friday                     :     1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:20pm, 7:00pm, 10:30pm
Saturday:                :    12:30am, 2:30am, 4:30am


Monday December 3rd through Thursday December 6th   --  1:30pm - 8:40pm
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
Friday December 7th overnight into the morning of Saturday December 8th 
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 Rest
10:30pm Zazen 11:00pm Kinhin 11:10pm Zazen 11:40pm Rest
Saturday December 8th 
12:30am Zazen 1:00am Kinhin 1:10am Zazen 1:40am Rest
2:30am Zazen 3:00am Kinhin 3:10am Zazen 3:40am Rest
4:30am Zazen 5:00am Kinhin 5:10am Zazen 5:40am End




Zazenkai - Friday December 21 and Saturday Dec
mber 22, 2018

Stillpoint will be open for the full zazenkai schedule on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22.

Friday 12/21  8:30am-8:10pm
Saturday 12/22  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 December 21 - 8:30am - 8:10pm
8:30am Zazen9:00am Kinhin9:10am Zazen9:40am Rest
10:30am Zazen11:00am Kinhin11:10am Zazen11:40am Lunch
1:30pm Zazen2:00pm Kinhin2:10pm Zazen2:40pm Rest
3:30pm Zazen4:00pm Kinhin4:10pm Zazen4:40pm Rest
5:20pm Zazen5:50pm Kinhin6:00pm Zazen6:30pm Rest
7:00pm Zazen7:30pm Kinhin7:40pm Zazen8:10pm End
Saturday December 22 - 8:30am - 8:40pm
8:30am Zazen9:00am Kinhin9:10am Zazen9:40am Rest
10:30am Zazen11:00am Kinhin11:10am Zazen11:40am Lunch
1:30pm Zazen2:00pm Kinhin2:10pm Zazen2:40pm Rest
3:30pm Zazen4:00pm Kinhin4:10pm Zazen4:40pm Rest
5:30pm Zazen6:00pm Kinhin6:10pm Zazen6:40pm Rest
7:30pm Zazen8:00pm Kinhin8:10pm Zazen8:40pm 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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