5:15 pm 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.
7 am – 3 pm
A day of Zen practice in silence—sitting, walking, working, oryoki meals, dokusan. Led by Jisho and Dojin. Please let us know beforehand if you would like oryoki instruction. $45 members/ $60 non-members. Pre-registration is helpful.
A directory of what Buddhists across the country are doing. Plus helpful teachings and commentaries for this critical time.
Stone Creek members are in Washington, Oakland and Santa Rosa.
Mary is the head priest at Clear Water Zendo in Vallejo. A long-time favorite guest speaker at Stone Creek.
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.
6:30 – 8:30 pm
We will explore the Zen tradition of writing death poems at the beginning of the year, a practice that can be profound, humorous and full of life! We will read and discuss some traditional poems and engage in writing and sharing some of our own.
(The calligraphy above is “Death” by Hakuin)
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!
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The Zendo will be closed on December 25. There will be no Sunday program this week.
Come ring in the new year on the zendo bell and send off your old, tired regrets and delusions. The ceremony will be followed by a pot-luck lunch. Bring a dish to share.
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 16 – Wednesday, January 18, 6:20 am – 8:00 pm and Thursday, January 19, 6:20 am – 5:00 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.