How To Meditate

How to Meditate – May 18

Thursday May 18, 2017

6-8pm

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: stonecreek@sonic.net

Taught by Dojin and Chelsea True

suggested donation: $30 / $18 members

Bathing the Baby Buddha

BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & CHILDREN’S PROGRAM – SUNDAY, APRIL 23

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!

Winter_Spiral

FAMILY PRACTICE EVENT: WINTER SPIRAL – FRIDAY DECEMBER 15

4:30 pm

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:
http://joyfulmindproject.org/calendar/family-practice-events/

jiryu

DHARMA TALK BY JIRYU MARK RUTSCHMAN-BYLER – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25

10 am

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.