Past Events


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 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 Zazen5:55pm Kinhin6:05pm Zazen6:30pm Rest
7:00pm Zazen7:30pm Kinhin7:40pm Zazen8:10pm End

Sangha-led Zazenkai 
Fourth Saturday and preceding Friday, each month

Sit with us for all or part of the Zazenkai schedule.

Feel free to join at any break between sets or during any kinhin.

There are six sets each day. 
Each set consists of: 30 minutes zazen, 10 minutes kinhin, 30 minutes zazen.

    • Friday 8:30 am - 8:10 pm
    • 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 8:30 am - 8:40 pm
    • 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
    • Sunday 9:30am - 12:15pm (regular Sunday Practice)
    • 9:30am Zazen10:00am Kinhin10:10am Zazen
      10:40am Kinhin10:45am Sutra Service and reading
      11:00am Work practice11:10am Brunch12:15pm 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 RecordBook Cover: Swampland FlowersBook Cover: Unlocking the Zen KoanBook Cover: Not Always So


    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 http://www.stillpointzen.org/contributions, 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. 

    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

    2019 Fall Sesshin with Shohaku Okumura, Roshi
    The residential retreat will be held at Villa Maria October 3-6, 2019. 
    See our Sesshin Information page for more details.
    Registration is Open. Register online here: Sesshin Registration.

    Beth Goldring Dharma Talk Sunday, July 28, 2019

    This Sunday morning, July 28, our dear friend Beth Goldring will be joining us at Stillpoint to meditate and give a Dharma talk following our usual service. 

    See the announcement and schedule here for more details.

    Celebrate New Year's Eve at Stillpoint

    Start the New Year off with 30 minutes of Zazen at 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 31, 2017. (That is 12:00am January 1, 2018 UTC)

    Friends and family are welcome.

    After zazen, we will share food and conversation downstairs.

    Please bring some food to share if you'd like, but if you'd rather not bring food, come and sit and visit anyway.

    We won't go too late, so if you have a midnight, Eastern Time, celebration to get to, there will be plenty of time.

    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 awakeningof 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 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
    Friday December 7th overnight into the morning of Saturday December 8th 
    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 Rest
    10:30pm Zazen11:00pm Kinhin11:10pm Zazen11:40pm Rest
    Saturday December 8th 
    12:30am Zazen1:00am Kinhin1:10am Zazen1:40am Rest
    2:30am Zazen3:00am Kinhin3:10am Zazen3:40am Rest
    4:30am Zazen5:00am Kinhin5:10am Zazen5:40am End




    A Morning with Beth Kanji Goldring - October 28, 2018

    Beth Goldring
    Dharma talk by our friend and special guest, Beth Kanji Goldring, founder and former director of the Cambodian Aids Project. During the life of the Project, Beth visited Stillpoint regularly to meditate with us and to report on its progress. Now retired, she spends her time teaching, writing, and giving dharma talks in Asia and the United States.

    Beth Kanji Goldring, a Zen priest and fully authorized Vipassana teacher will give a talk titled: Buddhist Ethics and Meditation; Structural Violence; and the Banality of Evil. The talk is intended to raise questions about the powers and limitations of Buddhist teachings in the face of current political, economic and ecological crises. Beth has been an Engaged Buddhist activist in the US, Palestine and Cambodia since 1982.



    Sesshin with Shohaku Okumura November 15-18, 2018

    Shohaku Okumura-Roshi will lead our annual Fall Stillpoint retreat at Villa Maria.

    Registration is open. 

    UPDATE - Registration has been extended until November 1, 2018.



    Application form and more informationYoga Class, (most) 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.

    Please call Barbara to let her know if you plan to attend, and to verify that the class will be held that evening.

    More information, including Barbara's phone number, here.

    Writing as a Wisdom Project - Saturday May 5  9am-5pm

    A workshop with Catherine Gammon

    Combining meditation in the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this workshop invites intimate and creative study of the mind.

    More information here.
    Annual Community Meeting - Sunday, January 28, 2018

    We will be having our annual community meeting at 10:00am after one half hour sit at 9:30 am.

    Celebrate New Year's Eve at Stillpoint

    In addition to our regular Sunday morning schedule starting at 9:30 am, we will also have an evening sit this Sunday.

    Start the New Year off with 30 minutes of Zazen at 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December 31, 2017. (That is 12:00am January 1, 2018 UTC)

    Friends and family are welcome.

    After zazen, we will share food and conversation downstairs.

    Please bring some food to share if you'd like, but if you'd rather not bring food, come and sit and visit anyway.

    We won't go too late, so if you have a midnight, Eastern Time, celebration to get to, there will be plenty of time.


    Rohatsu 2017 schedule
    Tuesday December 12 through Saturday December 16

    To celebrate the remembrance of Buddha's enlightenment, there will be an extended practice schedule Tuesday December 12 through Saturday December 16. 

    The schedule for each day is detailed below. 

    All are welcome to come at any point and join us for one or many periods of Zazen. 

    If you know of anyone in the local community who might be interested, please pass along the schedule. 

    All sittings will take place at the Zendo in Lawrenceville.

    Tuesday Dec. 12 - 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
    Wednesday Dec. 13 - 1:30pm - 9:00pm
    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 Yoga class in the Zendo (one hour) 6:30pm Rest
    7:00pm Zazen 7:30pm Kinhin 7:40pm Zazen
    8:10pm Hidden Lamp reading and discussion 9:00pm End
    Thursday Dec. 14 - 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 Dec. 15 - 1:30pm - 8:10pm
    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 End
    Saturday Dec. 16 - 8:30am - 8:40pm
    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 6:00pm Kinhin 6:10pm Zazen 6:40pm Rest
    7:30pm Zazen 8:00pm Kinhin 8:10pm Zazen 8:40pm End

    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.




    Stillpoint Community Meeting

    The annual Stillpoint Community Meeting will occur Sunday January 22, 2017. There will be one regular sitting at 9:30am followed by the Community Meeting. All are invited.


    Rohatsu - December 5-9, 2016

    To celebrate the remembrance of Buddha's enlightenment, there will be a week of sitting starting Monday December 5 and ending Friday December 9. The schedule for each day will be a series of sittings and breaks similar to the Saturday Zazenkai schedule. All are welcome to come at any point and join us for one or many periods of Zazen. If you know of anyone in the local community who might be interested, please pass along the schedule. All sittings will take place at the Zendo in Lawrenceville.

    Rohatsu Schedule

    Monday December 5 to Friday December 9: 1:30pm-8:30pm

    Update: Stillpoint 2016 Fall Sesshin with Shokaku Okumura-Roshi a Great Success

    Stillpoint was once again honored to offer our 2016 Fall Sesshin with Shohaku Okuura-Roshi October 7-9 2016.

    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.

    Rohatsu - December 4-10, 2015

    To celebrate the remembrance of Buddha's enlightenment, there will be a week of sitting starting Friday December 4 and ending Thursday December 10. The schedule for each day will be a series of sittings and breaks similar to the Saturday Zazenkai schedule. All are welcome to come at any point and join us for one or many periods of Zazen. If you know of anyone in the local community who might be interested, please pass along the schedule. All sittings will take place at the Zendo in Lawrenceville.

    Rohatsu Schedule

    Friday December 4: 10am - 8:15pm

    Saturday December 5: 8:30am - 8:15pm

    Sunday December 6: 9:30am - 8:15pm

    Monday December 7-Thursday December 10: 12:30pm-8:15pm

    November 22,
    2015
    Beth Kanji Goldring: Dharma talk by our friend and special guest, founder and former director from the Cambodian Aids Project


    An American Zen nun in the Japanese Rinzai tradition, Beth founded Brahmavihara/Cambodia AIDS Project in 2000.  She was ordained in 1995.
    Beth has received a number of awards for Brahmavihara's work.



    November 21, 2015
    Writing as a Wisdom Project led by Catherine Gammon

    OCTOBER 2015

    Fall
    Residential Retreat with
    Shohaku Okumra-Roshi


    Okumura-Roshi is the Abbott and head teacher at Sanshin-ji, a Zen community which he founded in Bloomington Indiana seven 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 practitioner 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.

    February 22, 2015
    Beth Kanji Goldring: Dharma talk by our friend and special guest, founder and former director from the Cambodian Aids Project


    An American Zen nun in the Japanese Rinzai tradition, Beth founded Brahmavihara/Cambodia AIDS Project in 2000.  She was ordained in 1995.
    Beth has received a number of awards for Brahmavihara's work.


    OCTOBER 2014
    Fall Residential Retreat with Shohaku Okumra-Roshi


    Okumura-Roshi is the Abbott and head teacher at Sanshin-ji, a Zen community which he founded in Bloomington Indiana seven 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 practitioner 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 2013
    Fall
    Residential Retreat with
    Shohaku Okumra-Roshi


    Okumura-Roshi is the Abbott and head teacher at Sanshin-ji, a Zen community which he founded in Bloomington Indiana seven 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 practitioner 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.

    January 27, 2013
    Annual Stillpoint Community Meeting.  Highlights:
    We welcomed a new Board President and two new board members.
    Dates confirmed for our annual retreat with Shohaku in October, and plans underway for a Sangha-led retreat in May. Stay tuned!
    Our website has been updated.  New Pledge and Member Contribution forms were distributed for 2013 pledges.
    If you weren't able to join us for the meeting and we weren't able to thank you personally--thank you for supporting Stillpoint in 2012 with your contributions and in-kind donations.


    October 21, 2012
    Installation and Dedication of Kwan Yin relief sculpture by B. LeBeau.


    October 28 2012
    Beth Kanji Goldring: Dharma talk by our friend and special guest from the Cambodian Aids Project


    An American Zen nun in the Japanese Rinzai tradition, Beth founded Brahmavihara/Cambodia AIDS Project in 2000.  She was ordained in 1995.
    Beth has received a number of awards for Brahmavihara's work.




    October 12-14 2012
    Shohaku Okumura-Roshi:
    Stillpoint Retreat.  Okumura-Roshi once again visited us to lead our Stillpoint Fall retreat, right in the middle of Western Pennsylvania’s glorious Fall foliage. [A thank you to all who attended--and for your generosity and good spirit in turning the experience of an unanticipated change of venue into an unexpected 'gift']

    Okumura-Roshi is
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    he Abbott and head teacher at Sanshin-ji, a Zen community which he founded in Bloomington Indiana seven 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 practitioner 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.




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