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Racial Literacy and Dharma Inquiry Group – February 12

6:00 – 8:00 pm

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 conditioning and 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 and Dojin Sarah Emerson

The two 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.

 

Next Meeting: Wednesday February 12, 6-8pm

Book: The reading for February will be “There There” by Tommy Orange.

 

Coming up…

March/ April: The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda Magee

May/ June: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

 

 

PAST BOOKS/ READING

December 2019 and January 2020:

How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi

November 2019:

American Sutra by Duncan Ryuken Williams

AND The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

September/Summer 2019:

SUMMER CHALLENGE!

This summer, we want to empower the group to set out some on your own to find resources: books, articles, films, etc. that support us in broadening beyond perspectives of privilege and disrupting our acculturated racism.  So the challenge is to do some research (online or in community…or both!) and read (at least) one non-fiction book, one fiction book, one article, and watch at least one video that supports and fosters your racial literacy and dharma inquiry.

Please email the group what you are reading/ watching, so that we can compile a list collectively (it’s fine if several people read/ watch the same thing).
Then, in September, each of us will synthesize for the group what we watched/ read and how it impacted us.

In case you would like somewhere to start, here are links to just a few antiracist reading/ resource lists:
Antiracist reading/ resource lists

From Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/anti-racist

By Ibram X Kendi in NY Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html

From White Awake (includes articles and videos):

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html

From Powell’s Books:

https://www.powells.com/post/lists/black-lives-matter-recommended-reading

From Charis Books (more scholastic):

https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/understanding-and-dismantling-racism-booklist-white-readers

A reading list For Gov. Ralph Northum by Ibram X Kendi:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/antiracist-syllabus-governor-ralph-northam/582580/

And, in addition to these lists, a couple of specific suggestions:

Book: American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 by Benjamin Madley

https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300181364/american-genocide

and Video: “When they see us” an mini-series directed by Ava DuVernay about the “Central Park Five”
available on Netflix- https://www.netflix.com/browse?jbv=80200549&jbp=1&jbr=1

 

 

June 2019:  The reading for June will be “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler, the fifth chapter of “White Fragility” by Robin DeAngelo and “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

 

May 2019 readings: Book: “Awakening Together” by Larry Yang, Chapter 4 of “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo, and Rev angel Kyodo williams’ article, “Your Liberation is on the Line.”

April 2019 readings: “The Way of Tenderness” by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and the third chapter of “White Fragility” by Robin DeAngelo.

March 2019 readings: Becoming by Michelle Obama

review first two chapters of White Fragility

article: “Your Liberation is on the Line” by angel Kyodo williams in Buddhadharma magazine, Spring 2019

February 2019 Book:  The 57 Bus by Dashka Slate.

January 2019 book: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.

December 2018 book: Kindred by Octavia Butler.

Book for November 2018: Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora.

Book for Oct. 2018: Mindful of Race by Ruth King

Book for Sept. 2018 : summer reading (see below)

 

Summer Reading:For July and August, we are suggesting three books: one non-fiction, one fiction, and one Dharma and Race specific.

For the Summer Reading, we are asking that everyone read at least one book…and all three if possible
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness…is such a work.” -The New York Review of Books
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Puliter Prize winner for fiction in 1986.A New York Times survey of writers and literary critics ranked it the best work of American fiction from 1981 to 2006. This novel looks at the family of Sethe in the aftermath of escaping slavery.

Radical Dharma, by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah
Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening.

 

June 2018: When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrice Khan-Cullors and asha bandale

May 2018: Homegoing by Ya’a Gyasi

April 2018: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

March 2018: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward and instead of an article, we are asking members to watch the film “I Am Not Your Negro” (available through PBS and streaming through Amazon)

 February 2018 Waking Up White by Peggy Irving

It was decided by the January group that going forward we will read one book per month, so beginning in Feb. and going forward we will read the whole book for each meeting.

January 2018Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

December 2017: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson pages 123-end
article: “We’re Still Here”
November/December 2017: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

November 8, 2017: pages 1-123

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

 

 

 

 

 

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WINTER SESSHIN – ONE BRIGHT PEARL – JANUARY 20-23

We will hold a four-day sesshin at Stone Creek Zen Center, including sitting, walking, oryoki meals, dokusan and dharma talks. Partial participation of at least one full day is welcome. Monday, January 20 – Wednesday, January 22, 6:20 am – 8:00 pm and Thursday, January 23, 6:20 am – 4:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Fee: $210 for members, $280 for non-members. One-day participation: $60 for members, $80 for non-members. Reduced fees are available. Led by Jisho and Korin. Local accommodations may be available for those who do not live nearby and wish to stay overnight in the area.

The theme for the talks will be “One Bright Pearl” by Eihei Dogen.

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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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In addition to browsing these pages, you can navigate the collection of dharma talks (over 500 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.

 

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ZEN FEST – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23

Now on a SATURDAY, November 23 from 9-3

Come and enjoy the 16th annual Zen Fest holiday sale in Sebastopol!

An abundance of locally sourced and crafted gifts, delectable treats, and our signature jams.  Huge book sale, estate and rummage sale, and spiritual practice supplies. Great deals to be had in our Silent Auction: fine art, getaways, bodywork, local services and more! 

Warm lunch from 11:30-1:30; live music performances following lunch. 

 At the Masonic Center 373 North Main St, Sebastopol (across form the Safeway).  Admission is FREE!

For more information, see our website: www.stonecreekzencenter.org

For more information: 707.829.1129 or stonecreek@sonic.net

A benefit for Stone Creek Zen Center