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

Stillpoint 2017 Fall Sesshin with Shohaku Okumura - Roshi

October 6th-8th, 2017

Stillpoint will host a residential retreat conducted by Rev. Shohaku Okumura at Villa Maria, fifty miles north of Pittsburgh.

For more information:  Invitation Letter and Registration Form.

UPDATE - Deadline extended to September 28th, 2017. A few reservations are still available. 

Shohaku Okumura-Roshi

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.

October 2017 Zazenkai - Friday 10/27 and Saturday 10/28 

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

Yoga Class, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm

A weekly one-hour yoga class, led by certified yoga instructor Barbara Lebeau. People of all skill levels are welcome. Please bring your own mat or a large towel.

More information here

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 27-28, 2017

Sesshin (retreat)
October 6-8, 2017: residential retreat with Roshi Shohaku Okumura at Villa Maria.

        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 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)


Keep up to date by subscribing to our mailing list here