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ZEN FEST – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Zen Fest Flyer 2017

Handcrafted treasures and gifts
Buddhas and Spiritual Practice Supplies
Silent auction
Delectable homemade jams and treats
Buddha’s Attic rummage sale
Books and antiques

RAFFLE ITEMS

At the Masonic Center

373 North Main Street, Sebastopol – just across from the Safeway

For more information: 707.829.1129 or stonecreek@sonic.net

A benefit for Stone Creek Zen Center

 

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Racial Literacy and Dharma Monthly Book Club – next meeting: Wed. April 25th

6:00 – 8:00 pm

All people are raised with cultural conditioning around race. If we were raised in the U.S., and especially if we identify as “white” or “European-descended,” our conditioning tends to include a value for colorblindness, which can make it difficult for to acknowledge, let alone investigate, our racial biases. This book group is intended to expand our racial literacy, as Micheal Eric Dyson puts it, to develop a more intimate understanding together of racial oppression and the suffering it causes across color lines in the U.S., and to engage this as our practice in Zen of turning towards suffering as the gate of awakening and liberation.

Pre-registration for the group is requested each month, so that everyone can have the page assignments, articles, and to consider the agreements before each meeting.

To register, or for more information please email:

stonecreek@sonic.net

Facilitated by: Hoka Chris Fortin, Dojin Sarah Emerson and Korin Charlie Pokorny

All three of the teachers facilitating the group identify as white, U.S. citizens, and Zen Buddhist priests. We understand the limitations of our experiences in relation to race, and strive to bring cultural humility to our facilitation of these groups.

Next Month:

Wed. April 25 at Stone Creek

Book: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

and watching the film: Thirteenth directed by Ava DuVernay (available on Netflix)

 

Upcoming:

Meeting in May will be Wed. May 23rd

we will be reading the book Homegoing by Ya’a Gyasi

 

Previous Months:

-March: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward and instead of an article, we are asking members to watch the film “I Am Not Your Negro” (available through PBS and streaming through Amazon)

- February:  Waking Up White by Peggy Irving

It was decided by the January group that going forward we will read one book per month, so beginning in Feb. and going forward we will read the whole book for each meeting.

-January: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

-December 13: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson pages 123-end
article: “We’re Still Here”
-November/December: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

November 8: pages 1-123

and article: “Waking Up to Whiteness” by Greg Snyder
https://www.lionsroar.com/waking-up-to-whiteness/

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Genmyo-Smith

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.”