As the spread of Covid -19 is continuing to recede, at least in our immediate vicinity, we want to take all reasonable precautions to continue our efforts to stem the spread of the virus.
Introductory classes are encouraged for everyone who is new to the Temple. These sessions are held on 2nd Tuesday evening of each month. Visit our beginner page to find the details. https://deepspringzen.org/for-beginners/
A message to community members from Abbot Kotoku Crivello:
We are setting June 20th as the day to reopen Deep Spring Temple for the regular schedule zazen and service, with the following guidelines.
Attendance is encouraged for everyone.
Wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated.
Bring you own cushion and sutra book (heart sutra for Sunday) if possible.
Hand Washing protocols will be in place.
Fans will be used in the zendo to increase air circulation.
We will continue to offer Zoom participation Wednesday evening, and Sunday morning.
Classes will be held in person.
Path of travel and space use will be limited:
- No kitchen use.
- Food, if served, is to be in individually wrapped portions.
- Library and second floor area closed.
- Outside gathering (covered porch area) encouraged for informal meetings.
- The main zendo can accommodate 8.
- The common area an additional 5
While we have wonderful grounds for gatherings and informal practice – Once the Zendo opens, practicing zazen outside during formal practice will not be encouraged except for the covered patio as an adjunct space if needed.
Links to remote access on Zoom are provided below.
Sunday Service live streaming 9-11 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87001102724
Wednesday evening practice 6:15-8 PM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/97777468192
Zen Center of Pittsburgh, is a Soto Zen Buddhist Temple founded in 1999. The Zen Center serves the community by offering services, daily meditation and monthly and annual Zen meditation intensive retreats. We are located just thirty minutes north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on fourteen isolated acres with stunning views of the Western Pennsylvania forest. Children are welcome.
The mission of the Zen Center of Pittsburgh, Deep Spring Temple is to provide for the Transmission of the Buddha’s teachings and to preserve the Soto Zen Lineage through the practice and study of Soto Zen Buddhism. ZCP is first and foremost a place in support of The Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha by emphasizing the importance of both lay practice and priest training.
ZCP is committed to develop and maintain a sustainable membership based organization for the purpose of:
- Soto Zen Practice and Study for both lay members and Novice/Trainee Priests
- Soto Zen Religious Services and Events
- Educational and Cultural Programs and events that serve to nurture balance and harmony in the lives of individuals and the Community-at-large.
How to get here:
124 Willow Ridge Road
Sewickley, PA 15143