Jukai Ceremony

Sunday July 30th, 2023

Rev. Tesshin Silverman held our second annual

Jukai (precepts receiving ceremony)

Congratulations to Ed, Bianca, Juan, Wendy, and Stacy

(Full video of ceremony is below)


Tesshin and Baby Buddha Closeup
Tesshin and Baby Buddha

Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony

Saturday April 8th, 2023

Rev. Tesshin Silverman celebrated the

Buddha’s Birthday with the entire Sangha.

All had a great time and there was even CAKE!!


Zen Laughter Talk 7-2022

Roshi Tesshin Public Talk

Saturday July 15th, 2022

Rev. Tesshin Silverman gave a public

talk for the Soto Zen Association of North America

Link to Video



Jukai Ceremony

Saturday June 11th, 2022

Rev. Tesshin Silverman held our first

Jukai (precepts receiving ceremony)

Congratulations to Hiden, Matilde, Matt, Daphne, Irene, Bob, and Jeff.

Special thanks to Tenku Roshi and George for assisting in the ceremony

(Full video of ceremony is below)



Dokan Roshi Visit

Sunday February 6th, 2022

Our sangha was visited by the secretary of the

Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office

The group had a lively discussion about the current state of Soto Zen in the United States and how our sangha can be an active part of this ongoing story.


Butsudan Ceremony

Saturday  December 4th, 2021

Tesshin led a formal ceremony to welcome the Butsudan altar to our sangha.  

Below you can see the Sangha enjoying a potluck lunch 

and shots of our new Butsudan!



Yorktown Zen Back at the 4th UU

Saturday  August 28th, 2021

We had a great turn out for our first in-person Zazenkai in over 1 1/2 years.  

We will continue to meet outside while the weather stays nice.

Zoom is still available for those who cannot make it in person.

Please contact yorktownzen@gmail.com if you need details



Yorktown Zen @ Yorktown Pride Party

Saturday  June 12th, 2021

Yorktown Zen participated at Yorktown’s first Pride parade.

We handed out fresh mint/green tea to walkers. 


Garden of Hope 1-2021

Celebrating the Garden of Hope

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Tesshin led the celebrations of the great work done in the Garden of Hope

Please see the videos below…


Boy Scouts Buddhist Emblem 9-18-2020

Awarding the Boy Scout Buddhist Emblem

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Tesshin awarded 4 boys the Boy Scout Buddhist Religious emblem. 

They were the first in the tri-state area. 

Also, he congratulated all the boys on the work in the Garden of Hope

Please see the videos below…




Tesshin’s Ikebana

Saturday, May 9th, 2020 

To support or practice, Tesshin invited everyone to produce a flower arrangement to be shared during the May 9th Zazen program.



The Power of Rules, Rituals, and Routines

Sunday, January 26th, 2020 @ 10:30am

4th Unitarian Universalist Congregation



Full Day Meditation Intensive

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Tesshin and Tenku want to thank everyone for a successful day 

Please keep an eye on our events page for the next intensive!!

“A Day of Zen”

August 24th  9am – 5pm   

(Thank you everyone for a very successful day!!)

As this event was very successful, we hope to repeat it at least once or twice a year!  


Attached are some photos from the event!


Tesshin Teaching the “Zen of Star Wars”

Tesshin was at Briarcliff Middle School on May 17, 2019 teaching how Zazen (seated meditation) is the first step of Jedi Training.

All had lots of FUN!!

Zen of Starwars 1 - May 17 2019
Zen of Starwars 2 - May 17 2019

Yorktown Interfaith Service

Tesshin Speaking on Peace

Yorktown Interfaith Service

November 2018