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DHARMA TALKS

The posts below include dharma talks offered at Stone Creek Zen Center. To listen to a talk, you can use the player embedded in each post by clicking on the play button which looks like this:
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1. The “Dharma Talk Tag Cloud” can be used to select talks by topic or theme.

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3. “Dharma Talk Speakers” can be used to select talks by a given speaker.

 

Silouette Buddha

The Dharma of being Anti-Racist: Accessing Skillful Engagement

ONLINE: 16-weeks Class

Mondays: Aug. 3 – Nov. 23 (no meeting Labor Day, Sept. 7) 7 – 8:30 pm

with Rev. Liên Shutt, Dojin Sarah Emerson, Korin Charlie Porkony, and Patrick Brown

Would you like to have skillful ways to be in the midst of this critical time?

If so, the teachings of the 8-Fold Path directly shows us how we can use our wisdom & heart-mind training to support our behaviors with these qualities:

Wisdom in:

  • Skillful Understanding / View

  • Skillful Thought / Motivation

Enacted through Heart-Mind trainings/meditations & practices in:

  • Skillful Effort

  • Skillful Mindfulness

  • Skillful Concentration

To foster behaviors of:

  • Skillful Speech

  • Skillful Action

  • Skillful Livelihood

These 8 aspects are taught as ways to live an intentional life of non-harming. Each week you’ll be presented with traditional & social justice-oriented contemporary frames to understand & apply these aspects in real & every day ways. You’ll be able to learn & practice how they make sense for you in your life now & not just as theories & concepts.

Inquiring into, understanding, and responding to the causes & conditions that have brought about our collective suffering of racism, this course will offer a variety of instructional/guided meditations, reflective writings, and mindfulness practices along with interactive exercises to support grounding, settledness, & wise action. Connecting to how you have agency/power (in yourself & with your communities) in the midst of racial conditioning is the best “medicine” for these times. We’ll practice skills for staying in discomfort & resilience through cultivating an open-hearted intimacy with suffering, invoking anti-racism to have impact in the world.

Class format will alternate between a session of teachings & a home practice assignment (attended by everyone) with a week to discuss what came up for you in the home practice that week (small groups to foster brave-space intimacy: one for people of color & one for white people).

REQUIRED BOOKS: 

  • 8 Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Gunaratana

  • Radical Dharma by williams, Owens, and Syedullah

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (for white-identified)

(Not included. Some scholarships for books available. Please request in your “Basics” application form.)

Suggested books:

  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

  • The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda Magee

Open to those who acknowledge systemic racism & are committed to open engagement in examining the impact of being part of such a structure. Open to all levels of practice. A variety of meditations will be available.

Sangha-Determined Noble-Giving sliding-scale guide: (with income -match guide)

  • Pay-it-Forward: $480 for series (> $75K)

  • Standard: $400 for series ($35 -$75K)

  • Limited Income: $320 for series (< $35K)

  • No one turned away for lack of funds due to economic hardship

PayPal giving to:  SuddenLeap.A2Z@gmail.com

Early registration is encouraged as we will cap the class at 40 participants. Registration does not ensure acceptance as we are creating equal access of 50% POCs and 50% whites.

Registration is open until July 13 or when capacity is reached. Early registration is encouraged

Please through the form at the bottom of this page to receive your “Basics” application form:

https://accesstozen.org/events/2020/8/3/the-dharma-of-being-anti-racist-accessing-skillful-engagement

 

 

Joan

SUNDAY JUNE 28 GUEST SPEAKER: MYOZEN JOAN AMARAL

Myozen Joan Amaral moved to the Boston area in 2012 from San Francisco Zen Center to serve as guiding teacher for the Marblehead Zen Center. In 2014 the Zen Center relocated to Beverly and in 2016 changed its name to Zen Center North Shore.

Joan is a dharma heir of Zenkei Blanche Hartman in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi. Her interest in zazen grew out of a background in modern dance and she continues to be interested in the ways that movement and the cultivation of energy can support the practice of stillness.

Joan trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery for six years. While in residency at San Francisco Zen Center, she formed a dharma group – Dharma en Español – devoted to studying Suzuki Roshi’s Zen Mind, Beginners Mind in Spanish (Mente Zen, Mente de Principiante), in order to provide the opportunity for native Spanish speakers to hear the dharma in their own language. While in San Francisco, she led meditation classes at the County Jail where she also provided one-on-one spiritual counseling for prisoners.

She is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and also completed the chaplaincy program at the Sati Center in Redwood City, CA, where she studied with Gil Fronsdal, Paul Haller, and Jennifer Block.

Her primary focus as a Zen priest, meditation teacher, sangha leader, and community activist, is on the dynamic relationship between formal practice and everyday, messy human life. In recent times she has been exploring the relationship of zazen and social justice, self-care, and creativity as a path of true happiness.

While the zendo is closed, we will live stream our Sunday Dharma talk at 10:30am PST

Meditation from 10-1030am PST on the same zoom link (see below).

Click here to access Sunday talks livestreamed on our Youtube “channel”.

We will also be streaming the talks through Zoom. Please send an email for the Zoom meeting room link.

Giving And Receiving Is Our Practice Of Compassion

Dharma talk for June 21, 2020 by Jisho Warner: Giving And Receiving Is Our Practice Of Compassion

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Bodhisattvas As Agents Of Change

Dharma talk for June 14, 2020 by Keiryu Liên Shutt: Bodhisattvas As Agents Of Change

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Sending and Receiving

Dharma talk for June 11, 2020 by Korin Charlie Pokorny: Sending and Receiving

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Lien

Sunday Dharma Talk June 14- Guest Speaker Rev. Liên Shutt

Rev. Liên Shutt is the founding teacher at Access to Zen (https://accesstozen.org) in Oakland, Ca.

Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt is a  Dharma Heir of Zenkei Blanche Hartman in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she began her meditation practice in the Insight tradition of Spirit Rock. She is a founding member of the Buddhists of Color in 1998. Her Soto Zen training began at Tassajara monastery where she lived from 2002-2005; after which, she practiced monastically in Japan and Vietnam.

While she has placed her trust and faith in Soto Zen, she continues to enjoy the deep silence of Insight practices and has completed retreats in the United States and Thailand. Drawing from her monastic experiences, she endeavors to share ways in which the deep settledness of traditional practices can be brought into everyday life. Liên’s strength as a teacher is in making Zen practice accessible to all.

While the zendo is closed, we will live stream our Sunday Dharma talk at 10:30am PST

Meditation from 10-1030am PST on the same zoom link (see below).

Click here to access Sunday talks livestreamed on our Youtube “channel”.

We will also be streaming the talks through Zoom. Please send an email for the Zoom meeting room link.

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Anti-racism resources

Each week we will post several options for engagement around racial justice and the Dharma practice of anti-racism.

This is by no means exhaustive! It is just meant as a place to start for those seeking a way to begin.

 

WEEK OF JUNE 14

To Read:

The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda Magee

 

Dharma events:

-online one-day at East Bay Meditation Center

“Cultivating Solidarity and Building Stamina for Transformative Action (for White Practitioners)” https://eastbaymeditation.org/calendar/cultivating-solidarity-and-building-stamina-for-transformative-action-for-white-practitioners/

-BIPOC-Only Meditate, Write, & Refuel—Led by Nirmala Nataraj

https://liberatedlife.mn.co/events/bipoc-only-meditate-write-refuel-led-by-nirmala-nataraj

Actions from home:

-postcard writing with Reclaim Our Vote:  actionnetwork.org/forms/reclaim-our-vote-signup

 

WEEK OF JUNE 7

Dharma Event:

-Dharma Talk by Zen Earthlyn Manuel

https://vimeo.com/426855720/ba70a55714

 

To Watch:

-Trevor Noah: “George Floyd, the Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper”

https://www.facebook.com/thedailyshow/videos/271504123969416

 

Actions in the community:  while we acknowledge that not everyone is able to attend gatherings in the community because of health risks, we do want to offer possibilities for those who are able

Youth-led rally for racial justice

Thursday June 11, 1pm, downtown Sebastopol, gather on the square

 

To read:

-Rev. Angel Kyodo williams, article “You Liberation is on the Line”

https://www.lionsroar.com/your-liberation-is-on-the-line/

 

-Greg Snyder, article “Waking up to Whiteness”

https://www.lionsroar.com/waking-up-to-whiteness/

 

 

Introduction To Tonglen

Dharma talk for June 9, 2020 by Dojin Sarah Emerson: Introduction To Tonglen

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