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: email@example.com
Taught by Dojin and Chelsea True
suggested donation: $30 / $18 members
Five Sangha members will receive the precepts at a ceremony led by Jisho, Dojin and Korin. Everyone is invited. A reception follows the ceremony.
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.
7 am – 3 pm
A day of Zen practice in silence—sitting, walking, working, oryoki meals, dokusan. Led by Jisho and Korin. 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.