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.

Rohatsu Sitting - December 2 through December 6, 2019

Rohatsu literally means "the 8th day of the 12th month", and is the day commemorating the anuttarā-samyak-saṃbodhi, the unsurpassed complete awakeningof Shakyamuni Buddha. Stillpoint will be open during weekday afternoons all week to celebrate, as well as Sunday morning, the morning of Rohatsu.

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

Monday       12/2  1:30pm-8:10pm
Tuesday      12/3  1:30pm-8:10pm
Wednesday 12/4  1:30pm-8:10pm   Koan discussion follows final zazen period
Thursday     12/5  1:30pm-8:10pm   Boundless Way Zen practice starts with zazen at 7pm
Friday          12/6  1:30pm-8:10pm

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:
  1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:00pm

Monday December 2nd through Friday December 6th   --  1:30pm - 8:10pm
1:30pm Zazen2:00pm Kinhin2:10pm Zazen2:40pm Rest
3:30pm Zazen4:00pm Kinhin4:10pm Zazen4:40pm Rest
5:30pm Zazen5:55pm Kinhin6:05pm Zazen6:30pm Rest
7:00pm Zazen7:30pm Kinhin7:40pm Zazen8:10pm End

Practice Schedule and Calendar

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

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

        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

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 Gateless Gate 無門關

Publisher's Description

Recently Completed:
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)
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)

Book Cover: The Hidden Lamp


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