Tim Burkett is Guiding Teacher of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also a licensed psychologist and former director of a large mental health agency. He was a student of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and later of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, in whose lineage he is a dharma heir. His recently published book is, “Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are,” which includes stories, koans, poems and memories of his teachers.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga


Public Talk

Thursday August 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Dave Emerson is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga for adults with treatment-resistant PTSD. Mr. Emerson has developed, conducted, and supervised TSY groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics. He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to co-authoring several articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, Mr. Emerson is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga, released in 2011  He will talk about his work and his new book, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015).

Fee: By donation.




We will hold a two-day sesshin at Stone Creek Zen Center, including sitting, walking, oryoki meals, dokusan and dharma talks. Monday June 29, 6:20 am – 8:00 pm and Tuesday June 30, 6:20 am – 5:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Fee: $120 for members, $150 for non-members. One-day participation: $60 for members, $75 for non-members. Reduced fees are available. Led by Jisho and Dojin.



Wednesday, June 17 6:30 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. The ceremony will follow the form of the Full Moon Ceremony including some melodic chanting.



Jizo Ceremony: Ceremony for children and loved ones who have died.
Saturday June 27, 2 to 5pm
The loss of a loved one, especially a child, whether recent or in the past, always impacts our lives indelibly.  No matter how the child dies, born or unborn, whether through illness, accident, miscarriage, abortion or suicide, our sorrow is deep and often wants to find expression in our lives.  Jizo Bodhisattva is a Buddhist figure known as the guardian of children and travelers, and particularly of children crossing over from this life.  This ceremony allows family and friends to give time and space to open to our grief and acknowledge the children whose passings have touched our lives so deeply.  During this quiet afternoon, as we work alongside one another in silence, making a personal memorial for our loved ones by writing a message or sewing a small garment, we make room for nurturing and tending of both the beings who have died and those who continue to live.

Please bring a small amount of red cloth, other materials will be provided.
By donation (suggested donation $30, no one turned away for lack of funds)
Led by Dojin Sarah Emerson and Hoka Chris Fortin

To register please call or email: stonecreek@sonic.net, 707-829-1129




Buddhism comes in many shapes and sizes. There are different traditions and lineages and each teacher has their own way of doing it. The Tibetans sometimes jokingly say that there are as many Dharmas as lamas. This diversity is one of the great richnesses of Buddhism. Shakyamuni Buddha had a genius for teaching in a manner suited to the person before him. His disciples were diverse, each offering something unique, yet all engaged in the transcendence of self, the practice of compassion, the wisdom of emptiness, the practice of pure heartedness. Not just Shakyamuni: there have been innumerable great sages through the aeons of time who have taught love, compassion, joy and peace. They keep pointing out these simple principles and we complicate and divide them. Buddha did not teach a single method or protocol as exclusive. When he met people in need he responded from his great store of compassion. Each time was unique. He gave memorable teachings not so that each could defend the bit of the Dharma that each had memorized, but in the hope that these seeds would grow and burst our separate bubbles, liberating us into the open sky of his great Dharma vision. It is important to create Sanghas to transmit the Dharma, and Sanghas need their distinctive practices, but these should not become a barrier to understanding the fundamental unity of what is all one Dharma, all from one great heart.

David Brazier, (Dharma name: Dharmavidya), English, Buddhist master, Head of the Order of Amida Buddha (international, based in UK), President of the International Zen Therapy institute, patron of the Tathagata Trust in Assam, advisor to the Korean Buddhist Counselling association, teaches regularly at APAEL, the existential psychotherapy institute in Lima, Peru, examines doctoral students in London, UK, and regularly lectures in a dozen countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He is a doctor of philosophy and an authority on Buddhist psychology. He has published ten books, including Zen Therapy, The Feeling Buddha, Not Everything is Impermanent, and, most recently, Buddhism is a Religion: You Can Believe it. He is a published poet, a psychotherapist, and the inventor of pandramatics, a form of improvisational theatre. In the past he has founded and worked in a number of socially and culturally engaged projects around the world helping refugees, the mentally ill and victims of war, and resisting the arms trade. He and his disciples have founded sanghas and Buddhist training communities in various parts of Europe, also Hawaii, Israel and India. He has studied with leading Buddhist teachers in a number of traditions, Soto Zen, Shin, Jodo, Kargyu, and Theravada. His spiritual experiences go back to childhood and he has a lifelong interest in the unity of spiritual revelation across traditions and its personal and social implications. When not travelling he lives alone in a hermitage in a rural part of France. He enjoys photography, gardening, walking, and reading. He has three children and five grandchildren.