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ARTIST: ANN KAHL


PART TWO

The ZEN CENTER
Rochester, New York

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I had met our friend Theo at the Zen Center in Rochester, New York
We has finished a sesshin, (along with about fifty other people),
and were having dinner
I couldn't wait to get out of there, away from the discipline,
which is a very foolish thing to do
More than eleven hours a day for a week,
had been spent in deep meditation,
and to go out and participate in unrelated activity
would destroy the results of that tremendous effort
I didn't really understand at that time,
and asked the table in general whether anyone would like to go for a ride
I got some shocked looks, which,
as I mentioned earlier in this website, I am not entirely unaccustomed to
But one gentleman met my eye with interest, and off we went
It was wonderful! We ran through fields
It was he, Theo, who later told me that
if I took a plane to Holland sometime, he would show me the country
He sure did That's why I have all the wonderful photos of Holland

So here is The Zen Center
It gave to me irreplaceable experience
which found me for myself after many years
of not knowing who or what I was
There's no point in speaking of gratitude There could never be enough


Waiting to sit on the last cushion
and be next to ring the bell
before going in to see the master

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All of the colored photos on this page are of the original ROCHESTER ZEN CENTER,
founded by Roshi Philip Kapleau in 1966,
and located at 7 Arnold Park in Rochester, New York
Roshi Kapleau was inspired, pushed, forced by his conscience
to follow the horror of his experiences as a court reporter
at the Nuremburg and Tokyo war trials
with sitting in meditation for twelve years at two monasteries in Japan,
before endeavoring to pass his wisdom to others
His was the first formal Zen Center in our beautiful country
Gassho*, Roshi
Your sturdy, constant, unswerving dedication to others will never be forgotten
Gassho*


TEACHING-PRACTICE-ENLIGHTENMENT

This is a first edition of Roshi Kapleaus book
I recall one young man who had ridden his bicycle
from New Jersey to Rochester to meet the master
in the hope that he would be accepted as a student
I apologize for the condition of the book
It was copywritten in Japan in 1965, and I acquired this copy soon thereafter
If any person coming upon this website
has any interest in genuine growth as a person,
I highly recommend they read this book

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This tree was standing here when the dorms were built
No one wanted the tree cut down, so it was decided to build the walkway around it
A sure test of mindfulness at TZC
is noticing to cut the hole in the walkway bigger as the tree continues to grow

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What is this? Is this one's head being eaten by one's ego? Attention! Attention!

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Restful moments

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"*Gassho: The gesture of raising the hands palm to palm
to indicate respect, gratitude, or humility, or all three"
-Philip Kapleau


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Sensei, (now Roshi) Kjolhede and Roshi Kapleau
The gentleman on the left is the present Roshi at The Rochester Zen Center.
The gentleman on the right is the Founder, and the first Roshi.
Roshi Kapleau peacefully left us
while sitting in the garden at 7 Arnold Park,
on May 6th, 2005 at an advanced age,
having brought thousands of eager, dedicated seekers to realization.
Gassho, Roshi. Because of you, the world is a better place.

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1554 Moselem Springs Road
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PHONE 610-562-3535

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