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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Please note: because so may people reached out asking to reschedule because of the conflict with the women’s marches, the workshop is postponed until April 28
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.
Sat. April 28 11:30-4:30
To register, please send an email to:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.