Established in 1974, the Madison Zen Center is an affiliate of the Rochester Zen Center (RZC), founded by Roshi Philip Kapleau (1912 – 2004).
Formal sittings are held six days a week. Sunday sittings include a recorded Zen talk, called a teisho. All Day Sittings are held monthly. Two-day retreats are held three times a year and are lead by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede or one of his senior students. Longer retreats are held at Chapin Mill, the RZC’s country retreat center in Batavia, NY.