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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

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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.

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ZEN FEST – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

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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 – summer reading books coming soon; next meeting in September

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 and Dojin Sarah Emerson

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.

Summer Reading: TBA on 6/19

Next Month: September dates and titles TBA

 

Previous Months:

-June: When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrice Khan-Cullors and asha bandale

-May: Homegoing by Ya’a Gyasi

-April: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

-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/