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.

family mindfulness day image


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.

Yoga and Meditation


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.



6:30 pm

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.

Winter Spiral


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 stonecreek@sonic.net.  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).