Past Events


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']

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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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