Celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s birthday with a ceremony and taiko drumming 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!
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
We will have a day of Zen practice celebrating Buddha’s awakening which is traditionally honored on December 8th (rohatsu) in the Zen tradition. 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.
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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.
The Zendo will be closed on December 25. There will be no Sunday program this week.
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.
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Jiryu is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, with dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman. He lives and teaches at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and is the head teacher of the Buddhadharma Sangha of San Quentin State Prison. Jiryu has trained in Zen temples in the US and Japan since 1996 and also holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley. He is the author of the book Two Shores of Zen, about his experiences in 2002 to 2004 as an American-trained monk practicing in Japanese Zen monasteries.
Every other Wednesday, from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Six meetings: October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14
This group is intended to create a space for parents to come together to pause together in the midst of our busy family lives; to begin or deepen a meditation practice; and to explore how of Zen and mindfulness practices can support our inner wisdom in parenting to come through in our daily lives. The facilitators bring experience from the Soto Zen tradition and secular mindfulness, as well as the ongoing teachings they receive from the children each of them parent. The group will use a “listening circle” model so we can share our stories, our triumphs, challenges and insights on the path of parenting.
No previous meditation experience is required.
$60 for series / $15 drop in
member rate: $50 for series/ $10 drop in