Zazen, or seated meditation, is the core of our practice.
In Zen, quiet sitting meditation is seen as the way to profound insight and awakening to one’s true nature.
Stillpoint sangha members come from a variety of backgrounds and practice lineages to share this
spiritual practice. During more than two decades of
Stillpoint practice, many have found a home for their Zen practice here at
Stillpoint. We are grateful that we have a beautiful practice space
to share our simple Zazen practice with an open heart, welcoming all who are
looking for a home where they can develop their practice.
We hope you will join us.
Our beginning: In 1990, a handful of dedicated individuals in Pittsburgh began gathering in attics and basements to sit zazen together once a week. Out of that humble beginning, Stillpoint came into being. Home at first for Stillpoint was a lovely little space in a basement of the condominium home of one of the founding members. Soon the group also practiced on Sunday mornings, in an attic of a small house in the Edgewood area. In time the group matured to the point where a dedicated space was needed; in the mid-90’s, a ground floor apartment rental in the Friendship area of the east end of Pittsburgh became our practice space. Stillpoint flourished in this space and the practice schedule grew to include zazenkai (all day sitting) and retreats. When we lost our lease several years later, Stillpoint relied once more on the hospitality of members, meeting in private homes in Squirrel Hill and Brentwood. Wherever we sat together, Stillpoint called home. A permanent home for Stillpoint:
Stillpoint continued to grow and it soon became evident that Stillpoint needed a new (well, not quite) permanent location to practice. Our small community took a big step, a leap of faith: purchasing a modest house, in the Lawrenceville neighborhood in January of 2002. Within six months our first room was completed, an upstairs zendo; in June 2002 the community began to sit together in this new beautiful space. Years of backbreaking renovation followed. The ‘sweat’ dana of the many determined, generous and talented members of the Stillpoint community, brought new meaning to the term “work practice” and transformed the humble ‘handyman special’ into the peaceful space that Stillpoint calls home today. The now completed building includes a zendo (meditation hall), library, kitchen and bamboo garden.
Newcomers are always welcome to attend sitting practice and other activities at Stillpoint. Please come 15 minutes before a regularly scheduled sitting.