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.

Stillpoint is Closed for in-person practice until further notice

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Stillpoint is closed. All practices are canceled. 

We will re-evaluate after the stay-at-home order for Allegheny county is lifted to determine whether we can resume practice. 

Please continue to check this website for updates.

Consider joining our Stillpoint Notes community email list to keep in touch durning the pandemic. (This is a different list than Stillpoint Announcements.)

Practice Schedule and Events
We are located at 137 41st Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15201.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are held there.

Stillpoint has a new water heater!

Our old water heater was over 20 years old and was leaking. The cost for the new heater with installation was about $800.

While we were able to cover the cost, if you are willing to contribute a special donation for this project, it would be greatly appreciated.

You may make a donation online at, or you could mail a check or drop off a donation when you come to sit.

Thank you for your support.

Writing as a Wisdom Project - Writing Workshop March 7th, 2020 9am to 5pm  
Proceeds to benefit Stillpoint's Water Heater Replacement Fund. 
Read more about it 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

        Thursdays          7:00 pm -   8:05 pm  Boundless Way Zen Pittsburgh Practice Group

        All day zazenkai
        4th Saturday and preceding Friday:      8:30AM to 8:30PM

December 27-28, 2019
January 24-25, 2020
February 21-22, 2020

        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

Zazenkai - Friday December 27 and Saturday December 28, 2019

Stillpoint will be open for the full zazenkai schedule on Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28.

Friday 12/27  8:30am-8:10pm
Saturday 12/28  8:30am-8:10pm

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: 8:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:00pm

Zazenkai Schedule - 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
5:30pm Zazen 5:55pm Kinhin 6:05pm Zazen 6:30pm Rest
7:00pm Zazen 7:30pm Kinhin 7:40pm Zazen 8:10pm End

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:

Transmission of Light: Zen in The Art of Enlightenment (Zen Master Keizan, tr. Thomas Cleary)

Recently Completed:
No Barrier: Unlocking the Zen Koan (The Gateless Barrier, tr. Thomas Cleary)
The Hidden Lamp- Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women
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)
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice (Shunryu Suzuki)

Book Cover: The Hidden Lamp
Book Cover: The Blue Cliff Record Book Cover: Swampland Flowers Book Cover: Unlocking the Zen Koan Book Cover: Not Always So


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