Invitation to Care for Hoen-ji's Grounds

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May is here, the lush temple grounds teem with life-- orioles, song sparrows, flowering dogwood, swallowtails, bloodroot-- as well as many weeds that you are invited to help pull. Read more »

Sun, May 18, 2014 - 4:00am - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - 4:00am

Sit-In over the Genesee River

Meditators are welcome to join this sit-in at the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge in Rochester. Plastic inflatable cushions and mats will be provided; feel free to bring your favorite gear for meditations and/or signage. Those who are interested in this issue but have no experience meditating are welcome to join in silent witness, attention, and sending healing to this dear river, the 32nd most polluted in the nation. For more information, please contact

Tue, Apr 22, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Caring For Place

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At ZCS, we are committed to caring for the property in a way that is in tune with natural processes including water cycling, nutrient cycles, energy flow; and in ways that respect all beings in the ecological web.  Ecology and evolution reveal to us the unity of all life and our relatedness to all other flora and fauna with whom we share the land.  This realization, and the inclusion of all beings in our understanding of “sangha,” or community, also emerges from our Zen practice. Read more »

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