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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


At the Masonic Center

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

For more information: 707.829.1129 or

A benefit for Stone Creek Zen Center


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: Jizo



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:

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


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!


Racial Literacy and Dharma Inquiry Group – Summer reading challenge

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 and Dojin Sarah Emerson

The two 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 Meeting: Wednesday September 11 6-8pm


This summer, we want to empower the group to set out some on your own to find resources: books, articles, films, etc. that support us in broadening beyond perspectives of privilege and disrupting our acculturated racism.  So the challenge is to do some research (online or in community…or both!) and read (at least) one non-fiction book, one fiction book, one article, and watch at least one video that supports and fosters your racial literacy and dharma inquiry.

Please email the group what you are reading/ watching, so that we can compile a list collectively (it’s fine if several people read/ watch the same thing).
Then, in September, each of us will synthesize for the group what we watched/ read and how it impacted us.

In case you would like somewhere to start, here are links to just a few antiracist reading/ resource lists:
Antiracist reading/ resource lists

From Goodreads:

By Ibram X Kendi in NY Times:

From White Awake (includes articles and videos):

From Powell’s Books:

From Charis Books (more scholastic):

A reading list For Gov. Ralph Northum by Ibram X Kendi:

And, in addition to these lists, a couple of specific suggestions:

Book: American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 by Benjamin Madley

and Video: “When they see us” an mini-series directed by Ava DuVernay about the “Central Park Five”
available on Netflix-



June 2019:  The reading for June will be “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler, the fifth chapter of “White Fragility” by Robin DeAngelo and “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.


May 2019 readings: Book: “Awakening Together” by Larry Yang, Chapter 4 of “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo, and Rev angel Kyodo williams’ article, “Your Liberation is on the Line.”

April 2019 readings: “The Way of Tenderness” by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and the third chapter of “White Fragility” by Robin DeAngelo.

March 2019 readings: Becoming by Michelle Obama

review first two chapters of White Fragility

article: “Your Liberation is on the Line” by angel Kyodo williams in Buddhadharma magazine, Spring 2019

February 2019 Book:  The 57 Bus by Dashka Slate.

January 2019 book: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.

December 2018 book: Kindred by Octavia Butler.

Book for November 2018: Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora.

Book for Oct. 2018: Mindful of Race by Ruth King

Book for Sept. 2018 : summer reading (see below)


Summer Reading:For July and August, we are suggesting three books: one non-fiction, one fiction, and one Dharma and Race specific.

For the Summer Reading, we are asking that everyone read at least one book…and all three if possible
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness…is such a work.” -The New York Review of Books
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Puliter Prize winner for fiction in 1986.A New York Times survey of writers and literary critics ranked it the best work of American fiction from 1981 to 2006. This novel looks at the family of Sethe in the aftermath of escaping slavery.

Radical Dharma, by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah
Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening.


June 2018: When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrice Khan-Cullors and asha bandale

May 2018: Homegoing by Ya’a Gyasi

April 2018: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

March 2018: 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 2018 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 2018Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

December 2017: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson pages 123-end
article: “We’re Still Here”
November/December 2017: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

November 8, 2017: pages 1-123

and article: “Waking Up to Whiteness” by Greg Snyder