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.

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CELEBRATION! – SUNDAY JUNE 11

We will celebrate Stone Creek Zen Center’s 20th anniversary and the purchase of our building and property.

The schedule for the morning will include our usual 10 am zazen, but there will be no talk at 10:30.

We will set-up for the party from 10:30 – 11:30.

At 11:30 we will have a blessing and dedication ceremony followed by food, music and conversation.

All are welcome! RSVP.

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HOME SESSHIN, MAY 31 – JUNE 1, 2017

We will hold a two-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. Wednesday, May 31, 6:20 am – 8:00 pm and Thursday, June 2, 6:20 am – 5:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Fee: $105 for members, $135 for non-members. One-day participation: $60 for members, $75 for non-members. Reduced fees are available. Led by Jisho, Dojin and Korin.

Please note that the sesshin was originally scheduled as a four-day sesshin Tuesday through Friday.

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GUEST SPEAKER: GENMYO ELIHU SMITH – SUNDAY JUNE 25

10 am

Genmyo is the guiding teacher of Prairie Zen Center in Champaign, Illinois. He was ordained by Hakuyu Maezumi Roshi in 1979 and received Dharma transmission from Charlotte Joko Beck in 1992. Genmyo is a co-founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School and is the author of “Ordinary Life, Wondrous Life” and “Everything is the Way: Ordinary Mind Zen.”

How To Meditate

How to Meditate – May 18

Thursday May 18, 2017

6-8pm

Come enjoy and evening class on the basics of meditation, both sitting meditation from the Zen tradition, and ways to weave moments of peace and spaciousness into our everyday lives from Mindfulness practices. This is a good introduction for anyone wanting to just know “how to sit,” and for those who also want to know how reduce stress and tension in our busy lives with tools from these traditions.

To register, please email: stonecreek@sonic.net

Taught by Dojin and Chelsea True

suggested donation: $30 / $18 members

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BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & CHILDREN’S PROGRAM – SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s birthday with a ceremony and taiko drumming followed by a potluck party of desserts and finger foods. Friends, family, and children are welcome. Bring a dish to share. No fee.

The children’s program takes place concurrent with the Sunday morning program from 10:00 – 11:30. The program is led by Chelsea True of 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. Spread the word!