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.
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.
A day to appreciate the people dear to us who have died, celebrate their lives and mourn our loss. Bring a photo or memento to put on the altar. Please arrive by 10 am for zazen, with the ceremony at 10:30 am.
8 am – noon
A morning of Zen practice in silence. Settle into the rhythm of sitting and walking, with a tea break. Led by Jisho and Korin. Fee $15 members/$25 non-members. Pre-registration is helpful.
Handcrafted treasures and gifts
Buddhas and Spiritual Practice Supplies
Delectable homemade jams and treats
Buddha’s Attic rummage sale
Books and antiques
At the Masonic Center
373 North Main Street, Sebastopol – just across from the Safeway
For more information: 707.829.1129 or email@example.com
A benefit for Stone Creek Zen Center
Edmee and Burt are hosting a weekly gathering that will offer zazen and discussion. We will explore how to stay curious and open when confronted with the stress of daily life and work. Please accept our invitation and “come as you are” to participate in zazen and an informal conversation about the impact of Zen in our lives.
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 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:
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 6-8pm at Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA
Fall Dates and assignments:
November/December: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
November 8: pages 1-123
and article: “Waking Up to Whiteness” by Greg Snyder
December 13: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson pages 123-end
January/Feburary: book TBA
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.
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.
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