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Practice as Parenting: cultivating resources for sustained engagment in a challenging world

4 Wed. evenings from 6-7:30pm
Every other week:
April 18, May 2, 16 and 30
Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton

As parents we tend to the world both through the microcosm of the needs of our families, and through outward engagement in the communities around us. We will explore the relationship between inward and outward practice in parenting, and how to find balance in our lives between them. In this series, we will begin or deepen a meditation practice; and consider teachings from both the Zen tradition and contemporary mindfulness practices that can support us in creating a sustainable way to tend to our lives, families and world. The group will use a “listening circle” model so we can share our stories, our triumphs, challenges and insights on the path of parenting.
No previous meditation experience is required, and drop in is ok throughout the series.

$80 for series/ $20 drop in
member rate: $60 for series/ $15 drop in
sliding rates available if needed
www.stonecreekzencenter.org

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DHARMA AND WHITE PRIVILEGE: WAKING UP TOGETHER – SATURDAY APRIL 28

11:30 – 4:30

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 1/2 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.

To register, please send an email to:

dojinemerson@gmail.com

BYO bag lunch. Suggested donation $40, proceeds will go to support East Bay Meditation Center, no one turned away,.

Led by Crystal Johnson, Dojin Sarah Emerson.

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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

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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

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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HOME SESSHIN – JANUARY 15-18

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 15 – Wednesday, January 17, 6:20 am – 8:00 pm and Thursday, January 18, 6:20 am – 4:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Fee: $210 for members, $270 for non-members. One-day participation: $60 for members, $75 for non-members. Reduced fees are available. Led by Jisho and Korin.