We will discuss the origins and unfolding of Zen in China including the myth of Bodhidharma and the Zen lineage, Huineng and the Platform Sutra, “encounter dialogue” and koans, and other developments. All are welcome. Fee $60 members/$90 non-members. Led by Korin.
MONDAYS, MAY 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
We are excited to continue to work with Om School Learning to co-host seasonal Family Practice Events (http://omschoollearning.com/calendar/). Our upcoming event for spring is a Family Mindfulness Day, to be held at Sophia’s garden, about a five minute drive west of Stone Creek.
Families are welcome to relax and enjoy the grounds throughout the day and are encouraged to set up “camp” so each child will have a restful place they can return to between different, short events including quiet sitting, walking meditation in the gardens, a craft project and more. We’ll close with a special family practice at 3pm.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015 Time: 10:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Sophia’s Garden Registration Fee: $10-$30 per family, please inquire regarding scale.
We ask that families please register in advance by contacting Chelsea through this link:
This event is open to the general community.
Wednesday Evenings, April 15, 29 and May 13.
6:15 – 8:00 pm
Joining the movement of yoga with the stillness of meditation, we will explore how these practices can support and deepen each other. For everyone from advanced practitioners to those just beginning either a yoga or meditation practice.
Led by Dojin and Corina.
$12 members/ $15 non-members.
An evening of a movie, snacks, conversation. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and an optional discussion will follow the film for those who want to stay.
The film will be Cherry Blossoms.
Summary: Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudi is devastated but vows to make up for her lost life. And so he embarks on his last journey – to Tokyo – in the midst of the cherry blossom festival, a celebration of beauty, impermanence and new beginnings.
$10 suggested donation.
The funeral service for Joko will take place at noon on Saturday, January 31, at Stone Creek Zen Center.
All are welcome.
It would be helpful if you can let us know that you will be attending (707-829-1129 or email@example.com).
Please also see the memorial page for Joko here.
The ceremony will take a different form this time, following a tradition that includes some haunting melodic chanting. Bring your curiosity and explore this ancient, lovely ceremony sometimes called the Full Moon Ceremony (originally held on the new as well as full moon, as on this Sunday).
Sunday, December 21, at 10:30 am.
UPDATE: This event has been postponed until December 20 (originally scheduled for December 13), and will be held at Stone Creek Zen Center.
Saturday, December 20, 6:00-8:00 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!”
Come celebrate light and the Buddha’s enlightenment. Join us for a night of mindfulness with a candlelight spiral walk. We’ll meet inside for quiet songs and storytelling before heading outside to walk the spiral together. In quiet walking meditation, each child first walks the spiral turning inward, gathering light at the center, and then walks the spiral turning outward, bringing her light back into the world.
We are excited to join together with Om School Learning (http://omschoollearning.com/) to offer this celebration for all ages. The event will be held at Stone Creek Zen Center (For directions, see: http://stonecreekzencenter.org/home/our-location/). We ask that families please register in advance. You can register online at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-solstice-spiral-tickets-14449596131, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you register by email, please include the total number of your family, so that we have an accurate count of people attending, space is limited.
This event is by donation (suggested donation, sliding scale $5-$20/ family).
For those interested in beginning meditation, this introductory class will give answers to questions including: What is Zen? Where does it come from? How do you “do” it? What you do with your body and with your mind in meditation? How can meditation can be helpful in everyday life? And how can we establish and stick with a meditation practice either in our own homes or with a local group?
Led by Dojin Emerson
6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By donation (suggested $20, no one turned away for lack of funds)
Myoju Erin is a Zen priest and teacher of yoga. She trained at Tassajara with Dojin and Korin. Since 2006 Erin has been a faculty member at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, directing the school’s Body-Mind Education program and teaching yoga, mindfulness, and health classes to teens.
Why wait for Zen Fest? Check out our great rummage! Come early for Tamales! Stay for Graton Day from 3-7pm! Fill your belly and your closet while you support Stone Creek Zen Center and Centro Laboral de Graton. Open house and visitors welcome at both organizations. In the Graton Day Labor Center Parking Lot next door to the Zen Center.