A favorite guest teacher returns to Stone Creek: lay teacher, master gardener, food activist and author Wendy Johnson. Wendy recently attended a clergy gathering at Standing Rock for a day of non-violent training and a day of prayer and direct action.
5:15 pm Everyone is invited to participate in this ritual of affirming our practice of the bodhisattva precepts. The ceremony is as appropriate for those of you who have not received the precepts, as it is deeply relevant for those renewing their commitment.
7 am – 3 pm
A day of Zen practice in silence—sitting, walking, working, oryoki meals, dokusan. Led by Jisho and Dojin. Please let us know beforehand if you would like oryoki instruction. $45 members/ $60 non-members. Pre-registration is helpful.
A directory of what Buddhists across the country are doing. Plus helpful teachings and commentaries for this critical time.
Click Here for link to Lion’s Roar
Stone Creek members are in Washington, Oakland and Santa Rosa.
Mary is the head priest at Clear Water Zendo in Vallejo. A long-time favorite guest speaker at Stone Creek.
6:30 – 8:30 pm
We will explore the Zen tradition of writing death poems at the beginning of the year, a practice that can be profound, humorous and full of life! We will read and discuss some traditional poems and engage in writing and sharing some of our own.
(The calligraphy above is “Death” by Hakuin)
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
The Zendo will be closed on December 25. There will be no Sunday program this week.
Come ring in the new year on the zendo bell and send off your old, tired regrets and delusions. The ceremony will be followed by a pot-luck lunch. Bring a dish to share.
In the Zen tradition, the awakening of the Buddha is celebrated in December. It is said that after sitting through the night, upon seeing the morning star, the Buddha realized awakening and exclaimed, “That’s it! That’s it! That’s me that’s shining so brightly. How wondrous, how wondrous! All beings share this indwelling light. What an astonishing thing has been realized!”
On December 16th, Stone Creek and The Joyful Mind Project come together to combine the western Winter Spiral for our celebration of the light that each child, and every being brings into the world. In this quiet, meditative event, each child has a chance to walk the spiral carrying her/ his candle: first turning inward to receive the light, then turn back outward, to bring their light to illuminate the world.
Please register in advance at: