Racial Literacy and Dharma Monthly Book Club – next meeting: Wednesday February 21

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:

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.

All meetings are on Wed. evenings from 6-8pm at Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA

Next Month:

Wed. 2/21

Book: 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.


Previous months:

-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






Jisho Roshi


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.



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!




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.



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.”

How To Meditate

How to Meditate – May 18

Thursday May 18, 2017


Come enjoy and evening class on the basics of meditation, both sitting meditation from the Zen tradition, and ways to weave moments of peace and spaciousness into our everyday lives from Mindfulness practices. This is a good introduction for anyone wanting to just know “how to sit,” and for those who also want to know how reduce stress and tension in our busy lives with tools from these traditions.

To register, please email:

Taught by Dojin and Chelsea True

suggested donation: $30 / $18 members