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City Dharma: A Soto Zen Practice Community

Who: Rev. Jisen Coghlan Affiliation: Zen Center of Pittsburgh
          Rev. Catherine Gammon Affiliation: San Francisco Zen Center
Where: Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave.; next to St. Edmund's Academy
When: Thursday 6:30-8:30pm; Weekly Introduction 6:30--6:50pm

Revs. Jisen Coghlan and Catherine Gammon first met in 1997 during a Zen retreat in Pittsburgh. Jisen was ordained by Rev. Kyoki Roberts, Head Priest of the Zen Center of Pittsburgh, in the lineage of the Dainin Katagiri Roshi and Catherine was ordained by Rev. Tenshin Reb Anderson in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Both ordained in 2005 and completed Shuso, head monk position, within a year of each other. Coming from distinct training lineages and different backgrounds, they hope to bring their experience and skills together creating a welcoming, supportive and challenging opportunity for Zen practice in the city.

They will offer weekly sessions of instruction, zazen, walking meditation, service and chanting. Informal, individual meetings for practice discussion can be arranged with either of them upon request. Dharma talks, study discussions or formal liturgy will be offered based on the development of the group.

There is parking in the front of the church and behind on Darlington Street. Please do not park in the lane between the back of the building and Darlington Street as this is reserved for church personnel. Also, do not leave items visible in your car as, unfortunately, there have been thefts in the area. Please enter through the back of the church through the red door, ring the bell and someone will be there to welcome you. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for sitting on either a cushion or a chair; cushions will be available. If attending the Introduction, arrive by 6:20pm or for meditation no later than 6:50pm. Donations for the use of space will be gratefully received and deeply appreciated. For further inquiry, please email either Jisen or Catherine

Who: Rev. Jisen Coghlan Affiliation: Zen Center of Pittsburgh
Where: La Roche College 9000 Babcock Blvd.; neighbor of UPMC Passavant Hospital
When: Tuesdays 6:30-8:15pm; February 7-April 24, 2012; Weekly Introduction 6:30-6:50pm

Rev. Jisen Coghlan, Senior Priest from the Zen Center of Pittsburgh, will hold weekly meditation in the Magdalen Chapel's Gathering Space. A brief instruction is offered at 6:30pm for those new to meditation followed by meditation beginning at 6:45pm. The sessions will include meditation, walking, reading and conversation. The schedule will offer an opportunity to sit either one or both of the meditation periods. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing appropriate for sitting on either a cushion or chair and bring shoes for outside walking meditation - weather permitting. Meditation cushions will be available.

Jisen is a senior student of Rev. Kyoki Roberts, Head Priest of Zen Center of Pittsburgh, with whom she has been training for over twelve years. She was ordained as a Soto Zen Priest in September, 2005 and completed her head novice ceremonies in April, 2009 at Shasta Abbey. She holds degrees in music, dance, and physical therapy.

We are deeply grateful to Father Peter Horton, Director of Chapel Ministry and Community Service, for this opportunity to offer meditation for students, faculty, staff and those in surrounding communities. La Roche College is adjacent to the Sisters of Divine Providence who founded the college in 1963 as a private institution for religious sisters. The Chapel is located in the Science Center Building; there is ample, free parking on the campus. All donations will go to supporting the first ever sustainable garden to be built on campus grounds. All proceeds from the garden will be offered to the campus kitchen and North Hills Food Bank. For further questions, please e-mail: Jisen


Zen Center of Pittsburgh
124 Willow Ridge Road - Sewickley, PA 15143 - 412-741-1262