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THE WHOLE EARTH IS THE TRUE HUMAN BODY: A DAY OF MEDITATION AND GARDENING WITH WENDY JOHNSON – POSTPONED

We have decided to postpone to a later date in light of the devastating impact of the fires on our community.

As Stone Creek celebrates the purchase of the building and land it occupies, we will come together to encounter Zen teachings and lay the foundations of our new gardens.  The first part of the day we will look at the intersection of Zen practice and engagement in the physical world: sitting, taking up the Dharma, and looking at our path of practice on and as this Earth.  After a picnic lunch, we will join together for a work afternoon.  Families with little ones are welcome to join for lunch and the afternoon work day if preferred. BYO bag lunch. Suggested donation $40 for members, $60 for non-members.

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DHARMA AND WHITE PRIVILEGE: WAKING UP TOGETHER – POSTPONED

We have decided to postpone to a later date in the fall in light of the devastating impact of the fires on our community.

As white practitioners in the U.S., we have been, and are, shaped by social, economic and other systems that benefit us at the expense of people of color. To the extent that we are unaware of this system of white privilege and racial conditioning, we are not free to make skillful choices about how to act within it. Rather, we unwittingly behave in ways that lead to suffering for ourselves, our fellow practitioners, our community and the larger society.

In this day of practice, guided meditation, self-reflection and dialog we will investigate our acculturated belief systems and how they serve as barriers to awakening, both our own and others’. We will explore ways of moving towards greater freedom and the opportunities for action that open as our minds become less encumbered by constructed identities.

BYO bag lunch. Suggested donation $40, Led by Crystal Johnson, Chris Fortin and Dojin Emerson.

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ZEN FEST – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Zen Fest Flyer 2017

Handcrafted treasures and gifts
Buddhas and Spiritual Practice Supplies
Silent auction
Delectable homemade jams and treats
Buddha’s Attic rummage sale
Books and antiques

RAFFLE ITEMS

At the Masonic Center

373 North Main Street, Sebastopol – just across from the Safeway

For more information: 707.829.1129 or stonecreek@sonic.net

A benefit for Stone Creek Zen Center

 

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POSTPONED until 11/8: Racial Literacy and Dharma Monthly Book Club

PLEASE NOTE: We will be postponing the beginning of the book club until November 8th.  On that evening, we will be covering the first 1/2 of Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

All people are raised with cultural conditioning around race. If we were raised in the U.S., and especially if we identify as “white” or “European-descended,” our conditioning tends to include a value for colorblindness, which can make it difficult for to acknowledge, let alone investigate, our racial biases. This book group is intended to expand our racial literacy, as Micheal Eric Dyson puts it, to develop a more intimate understanding together of racial oppression and the suffering it causes across color lines in the U.S., and to engage this as our practice in Zen of turning towards suffering as the gate of awakening and liberation.

Pre-registration for the group is requested each month, so that everyone can have the page assignments, articles, and to consider the agreements before each meeting.

To register, or for more information please email:

stonecreek@sonic.net

Facilitated by: Hoka Chris Fortin, Dojin Sarah Emerson and Korin Charlie Pokorny

All three of the teachers facilitating the group identify as white, U.S. citizens, and Zen Buddhist priests. We understand the limitations of our experiences in relation to race, and strive to bring cultural humility to our facilitation of these groups.

All meetings are on Wed. evenings from 6:30-8pm at Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA

Fall Dates and assignments:
October/ November: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Please note change of dates:

November 8: pages 1-123
and article: “Waking Up to Whiteness” by Greg Snyder
https://www.lionsroar.com/waking-up-to-whiteness/

December 13: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson pages 123-end
article: TBA

December/ January: book TBA

Dec 13

Jan 10

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INTRODUCTION TO ZEN PRACTICE – FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH

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. 11 am – noon. Please note the time change as this used to be offered on Saturdays at 9 am.

We also are happy to now be able to offer this class by appointment, if this time does not work for your schedule.  Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a different time.

Zazen is wholehearted sitting, dropping off thoughts and views and returning to life here and now, over and over.

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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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You can also download the mp3 file using the link highlighted in green using right click, “Save Link As…” on Windows, or on Macs, a two-finger click.

In addition to browsing these pages, you can navigate the collection of dharma talks (over 400 talks) using the functions in the right sidebar:

1. The “Dharma Talk Tag Cloud” can be used to select talks by topic or theme.

2. The “Dharma Talks Archive” can be used to find talks by date.

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