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.
WEDNESDAYS SEPTEMBER 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
This study class will focus on the early development, growth and transformation of the Buddhist tradition in India. This class will build on the June study class, “Foundations of Buddhism in India.” At the same time, it will be completely suitable for people who did not attend that class. All are welcome. Fee $50 members/$75 non-members. Led by Korin.
Our annual summer residential sesshin will be in Olema again this year. Led by Jisho and Dojin.
A period of intensive practice allowing for individual practice needs and schedules. The ango will start with a practice day, include lectures and small groups focused on the study of Dogen’s “Instructions for the Cook,” and conclude with a practice day. You may choose Tuesday and/or Wednesday small group meetings. A simple brochure with info on fees and how to apply will be available soon. Led by Dojin and Korin.