Chapin Mill Buddhist Retreat Center is the 135-acre (0.55 km2) Buddhist Retreat center of the Rochester Zen Center located at 8603 Seven Springs Rd, Batavia, NY, between Buffalo, NY and Rochester, NY. Ralph Chapin, a member and friend of the Center donated the property to the Center in 1996. The retreat center held a groundbreaking in April 2000. Building began in 2003 and was mostly completed in 2007. The center has a new zendo completed in July 2007.
Sesshin are regularly held at Chapin Mill. Held are 2 & 7 day sesshin.
Huge 3-foot (0.91 m) wide Mokugyu drum. Sounds like a heart beat.
Facing enso, zendo on right carved door on left.
Dokusan line (facing dining hall)
Ensō in front of Kannon room.
Typical Chapin Mill Sesshin Schedule
- 0400: Wake up bell
- 0415: Kinhin outside
- 0500: Zazen Bell
- 0515: 1st Round
- 0600: 2nd Round (Dokusan/Daisan)
- 0700: Breakfast
- 0730: Work Detail
- 0800: Free Time
- 0950: Zazen Bell
- 1000: 1st Round
- 1100: 2nd Round (Dokusan/Daisan)
- Dharma Talk
- 1200: 3rd Round
- 1300: Lunch
- 1330: Work Detail
- 1400: Break
- 1500: Calisthenics
- 1600: Free Time
- 1700: Dinner
- 1850: Zazen Bell
- 1900: 1st Round
- 2000: 2nd Round
- 2100: 3rd Round (end of formal sitting) Yaza, (freetime sitting) encouraged.
Chapin Mill is referred to in:
- Ford, James Ishmael (2006). Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen. Wisdom Publications. p. 753. ISBN 0-86171-509-8.
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