Engagements, Key Dates and Special Services

In addition to our daily schedule, special programs are offered: classes and retreats, introductory workshops, New Year’s Eve celebration, and Sesshins.

Way Seeking Mind

Way-Seeking Mind Talks: Third Sunday of Each Month

Each sangha member comes from a diverse background, whether social, familial, educational, or cultural. One thing that unites all us to our Zen practice is a spirit of inquiry. Each month a sangha member will share their journey that lead to Zen practice and how that practice is sustained in everyday life or perhaps how their practice is ignited or inspired. These talks are semi autobiographical, useful, and a way to get to know each other. We will be featuring “way-seeking mind” talks the third Sunday of every month. 


Unpacking the Heart Sutra Sesshin Friday – Saturday Sept. 16-17 Sold Out

Shuso and Shinsan Shiki Sunday October 31st 10AM – 3PM

“Susho” means “head seat”, and in contemporary Soto Zen, the position of head seat remains an important and prestigious one. It is a formal requirement for attaining the rank of a fully-fledged monk, so this ceremony will be an important “next step” in Daisho Justin Nedrow’s journey. 

Kotoku will be installed as Abbot of the Zen Center of Pittsburgh. 
The ceremony will be officiated by Kotuku’s teacher, Bishop Gengo Akiba and will be witnessed by Soto Zen Priests from various lineages throughout North America as well as representatives from Japan.  

Buddha’s Robe Sesshin November 9 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Nyoho intensive for everyone who is preparing to take the precepts.

Suggested donation, general community $25. supporting members $10. Make a donation below to save your place.