Stone Creek Zen Center is a Buddhist practice center dedicated to the dharma teachings of awakening to reality and living compassionately in this impermanent, interdependent world. The core activity at the center is zazen, or wholehearted sitting here and now. Our sangha community extends their practice throughout each day, living consciously as part of the interconnected web of beings supporting each other’s lives.
Stone Creek Zen Center is at 2999 Bowen Street, Graton, California. The center is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking.Phone: 707.829.1129
Special Practice Events
Saturday, March 1 – Friday April 4
A period of intensive practice allowing for individual practice needs and schedules. The ango will start with a practice day, include lectures and small groups focused on the study of Dogen’s “Instructions for the Cook”, and conclude with a practice day. You may choose Tuesday and/or Wednesday small group meetings. A simple brochure with info on fees and how to apply is available at the zendo.
SPRING EQUINOX PRECEPTS RENEWAL
Monday. March 24, 6:15 pm
Everyone is invited to participate in this ritual of affirming our practice of the bodhisattva precepts. The ceremony is as appropriate for those of you who have not received the precepts, as it is deeply relevant for those renewing their commitment.
12 Weeks, starting the last week in April
Receiving the bodhisattva precepts is a commitment to practicing the Buddha Way throughout your life. If you’re interested in participating, please make an appointment to talk about it with Jisho, Dojin, or Korin by April 1. The group will meet weekly for twelve weeks to study the precepts and sew rakasus.
All the dharma talks are now posted!
Find the newer ones at archive.org.
Zazen and Services
The schedule for weekday zazen and Sunday services.
About Stone Creek
Information about the teaching, the teachers and the sangha.
Our mailing address, phone, and email, plus a link to a map of our location.
INTRODUCTION TO ZEN PRACTICE
Saturday, February 1
9:00 – 10:00 am
Our monthly introduction to Zen practice. Instruction in zazen and a chance to get to know the center. No pre-registration, no fee, just come.
Sunday, March 2 and 16
The sangha circle meets every other Sunday at 11:30, to discuss how our sitting practice informs our lives. Drop-ins are welcome to join the rich stream of reflection and dialogue. No fee.
JIZO CEREMONY FOR
CHILDREN WHO HAVE DIED
Sunday, March 23
2:00 – 5:00 pm
The loss of a child always impacts our lives indelibly. No matter how the child dies, born or unborn, whether through illness, accident, miscarriage, abortion or suicide, our sorrow is deep and may be long-lasting. Jizo Bodhisattva is known as the guardian of children, women and travelers, and particularly of children crossing over from this life. The ceremony allows family and friends to give time and space to open to our grief and acknowledge the children whose passings have touched our lives deeply. During this quiet afternoon we will work alongside one another in silence, making a personal memorial for our loved ones by writing a message or sewing a small garment, with the intention of nurturing and tending both the beings who have died and beings who continue to live. Please bring a small amount of red material for sewing. Other materials provided. Led by Dojin and Chris Fortin. Fee: by donation.