Past Events

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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