Text Study

The Red Rose Sangha offers text study prior to Sunday sitting once each month. Participants read a selected book over the course of several months and meet to discuss the text and guide questions.

Beginning in October 2013, our last discussion was Zen Questions : Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry by Dan Taigen Leighton (a Dogen scholar and Zen teacher in Suzuki Roshi's lineage). Please see the "Current Happenings" page for 2014 discussion group details.

Yoga in Preparation for Sitting

Three times monthly (on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays of the month), the Sangha offers "Yoga In Preparation for Sitting." These yoga sessions are not intended as classes per se, they are designed to prepare one mentally and physically for sitting meditation and are held immediately before our regular Sunday Sitting.
Two sangha members who are also professional yoga teachers alternate in leading these sessions in Founders Hall directly across from Emerson Hall where we meet for Sitting. Each session runs from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM. Doors open at 5:45 PM and close at 6:15 PM before reopening at 6:45 PM for those just coming for regular Sitting.
Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. As always, please allow extra time due to the generally tight parking around the Church. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea. If you want to doublecheck that Yoga is meeting, please see the "Current Happenings" page on our website to view our monthly schedule.


The Red Rose Sangha holds an annual Zazenkai (Day of Mindfulness) with a visiting teacher. Please check our Current Happenings page for information on our next Zazenkai.  
Several members attend a monthly Zazenkai (usually on the third Saturday of each month) in Baltimore with the Zen Community of Baltimore/Clare Sangha. For ride information please speak with Ed Sullivan.

Some Sangha members also carpool to Mt. Equity Zendo near Williamsport, PA, for a Full Day of Mindfulness, generally held the first Sunday of each month. The Zendo's calendar can be found at Please contact Milt Machalek via for more information.