Jizo Bodhisattva

Jizo Retreat at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center with Dojin and Chris Fortin

June 21-24

Come explore the practices and qualities embodied by Jizo Bodhisattva, fearless guardian of children, travelers, pilgrims, those who grieve, and those who are crossing over.

Jizo Bodhisattva, whose name means “Earth Womb,” is the being who represents the archetype of fearlessness and a deep caring heart in Buddhism. Inspired by Jizo’s Great Vow to help all beings cross over from places of suffering, we will explore what this effort means to us, and how we each express it in our own lives. We will also engage and practice with all the qualities Jizo embodies: fearlessness, love, connection, and nourishment, through art, writing, ritual, hiking, and meditation; while being refreshed by the quiet, wonderful food, community, and mountains, and waters of Tassajara.

for more information and to register:

http://sfzc.org/tassajara/guest-season/retreats/spiritual-practice-retreats/fearless-love-retreatred Jizo

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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, Chris Fortin and Dojin Sarah Emerson.

Bathing the Baby Buddha

BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & CHILDREN’S PROGRAM – SUNDAY, MAY 20

Celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s birthday with a ceremony 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!

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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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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