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Ango Talk 2: The Noble Truth of Suffering

Dharma talk for March 4, 2018 by Jisho Warner: Ango Talk 2: The Noble Truth of Suffering

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Basho

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM – SUNDAY, APRIL 15

The children’s program at Stone Creek takes place once a month, on the 3rd Sunday of the month, concurrent with the Sunday morning program from 10:00 – 11:30 am. A large portion of the program will be outside. Please dress for the weather.

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Chelsea True and the Joyful Mind Project. Chelsea has been sharing mindfulness practices with children since 2007. She is a Soto Zen practitioner and co-director of the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center Children’s Program. Suggested donation is $10-20 per family.  Please contact Stone Creek in advance if you would like your child to participate. Please spread the word!

See also FAMILY PRACTICE

Ango talk 1: The Noble Truth of Suffering

Dharma talk for February 25, 2018 by Korin Charlie Pokorny: Ango Talk: The Noble Truth of Suffering

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The Guest House: WEEKLY ZAZEN AND DISCUSSION GROUP – TUESDAY EVENINGS

Edmee and Burt are hosting a weekly gathering that will offer zazen and discussion open to anyone interested. Drop ins are welcome.

When: Tuesday 6:30 to-7:45 pm

Schedule
6:30 to 6:55 pm Zazen, silent meditation practice
7:00 to 7:45 pm Informal discussion

Please accept our invitation and “come as you are” to participate in an informal conversation about the impact of meditation practice in our lives: from Zen Buddhism to any other traditions. We will explore how to stay curious and open when confronted with the stress of daily life and work.

If you have any question, please send us an email:
Burt Quinn: burtquinn8@gmail.com
Edmee: edmeedanan@comcast.net

Nowhere on Earth to Spit

Dharma talk for February 11, 2018 by Dojin Sarah Emerson: Nowhere on Earth to Spit

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Jisho Roshi

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.

Hakuin - Death

Poems from the 2018 New Year Death Poem Workshop

The trees and I!
For almost 80 years we have breathed each other.
Now, approaching my last breath,
I can’t tell one of us from the other.

Farewell at last to this metabolic fire
that warmed me from birth!
80 years of mammalian love and loneliness!
Now for the big molecular reunion!

At last I am ready to go wherever gravity may lead,
To fall with the leaf, to merge with the stream,
To sink deep into the soft, thirsty earth.

- Myozen Barton Stone

***

1.The earth laughs in flowers, waterfalls, rainbows.
I laugh at the amazing good fortune for this
rich and wonderful life.

2. Irises, the first food for bees in spring.
This bag of old bones might nourish
a tree, a shrub…Bees may alight on
the blossoms. Their buzz will not
awaken me.

3. I am dying. There are no more
weeds to pull.

4. As a child, fearful of death, I’d hold
my breath in bed, trying to know what
it must be like to be dead.
Now breath holds me, for not much longer.

5. My granddaughter, Samaya, tells me her
kitty is dead, died next to her in bed. We
dig a hole together. Flowers will grow here.
So simple.

6. Each precious moment,
dewdrops sparkle in sunlight.
Breath’s insistence like pelting rain.
Heartbeat fades, descending mountain,
journey’s end.

7. We have done well, my love, in this dance
with all beings, in this dance together.
Time now to set down shovel and hoe,
to scatter our last seeds.

- Constance Miles 1/3/18

***

I.
It’s getting closer. . .
Its nearness manifests: hot tears burst from my eyes and sobs catch the breath.
More bad news.
Fine to soften it,
To pad the sharp metallic edge with the continuous coatings of daily-ness.
Let me open, let me open, let me open-
I beg you, sky!

II.
Inexhaustible, beyond, all-encompassing,
Endless, boundless, infinite, forever, never-ending, eternal
. . . .do you get it?

III.
Let experience swallow me,
Let action melt completely into the next, and the next, and the next.
Let movement be breathing wind,
Body, solid water.
Let the sunset break over and soak into me like a yolk staining the sand.
Stones at the bottom of the sea- now I am one with you.

- Jude

***

So bright, so bright – cold certain fact
Unwavering fate – shared by all
Connects us all – the cold softens
And there, at the edge of the light -
So dark, so dark – gaping night
Not even a drop of knowing can get through
But a warmth – expansive, unbridled
A colt gallops under twinkling stars

Without liking it, finally loved it: death.
Busting out of the closet in a jumble of boxes.
One intimate moment is worth all of it.

- Korin

Trust and Agency

Dharma talk for February 4, 2018 by Korin Charlie Pokorny: Trust and Agency

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Meeting Curiosity

Dharma talk for January 28, 2018 by Jisho Warner: Meeting Curiosity

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