The Board of directors meets once a month and works closely with the teachers. The Board welcomes items for discussion from the community members.
Brian Zahl, Board President
I started coming around Stone Creek in 2009, sporadically at first, and then the visits became more and more regular. In addition to finding the dharma talks interesting I found myself enjoying the Ango studies, the interaction with other sangha members at Sunday breakfast and other events like Zenfest. I serve as doan on Tuesday mornings and some Sundays. I sat my first sesshin in January 2015, and usually have some Zen literature around.
I am recently retired from the printing industry after selling my business in 2014, and have found zen practice very helpful to me in this time of change. I am married to Barbara Fabrizio who was also my business partner. We have a son Sheridan who recently graduated from college. Music has always been my avocation, and I will be pursuing that study much more actively. I am a member of the Santa Rosa Cycling Club and spend hours tearing around Sonoma County roads. Look out! Hiking, camping, skiing, computers, electronics and cooking are also part of the mix.
Susan Musgrove, Board Secretary
I am new to the SCZC board as of 2015 and I currently serve as the secretary. Primarily I am responsible for taking notes for the meetings and dealing with other correspondence as needed. I also serve as the coordinator of the recently formed Hospitality Committee which consists of enlisting sangha members for the purpose of greeting visitors and newer members, showing them the ropes and answering questions.
I’ve been a fan of Buddhist practice and thought since 1995, when I took a course at the Santa Rosa JC on Introduction to Zen/Zen 101 taught by Jim Wilson, who also ended up being my first teacher. I first met Jisho and visited Stone Creek in 1996 at the Ragle Ranch location and settled into regular practice here in 2010.
I was a board member for the Sonoma County MS group for 7 years and although it is a pretty small non-profit, I think I gained some valuable insight into how non-profits work which I hope will serve the SCZC board well.
I retired from the nursing profession in 2007 after working for 35 years in a variety of capacities and found it to be a humbling and grand occupation. My 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren bring me great joy as does my husband, Dean, who is also a sangha member here at Stone Creek. It is especially nice to be able to share a sitting practice with a supportive partner.
Please feel free to ask me about anything pertaining to my work and service here. I would be happy to chat and share information and experiences.
Myozen Barton Stone, Membership & Sangha Affairs
Myozen Barton Stone is a priest at Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA, where he was ordained by Jisho Warner Roshi in 2010. He was drawn to Zen Buddhism in the 1960’s, and came to San Francisco where he practiced with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center. He lived at Green Gulch Farm for four years. He and his wife have four rural acres near Sebastopol, CA, where they tend vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and promote the beneficial interaction of all beings.
John Martin, Outreach and Special Projects
JOHN F. MARTIN (Graton, CA) is a photographer with years of experience and a passion for opera, inspired by his experience as a supernumerary. He has exhibited in solo shows (among others, PHOTO, in Oakland, California; Gallery 645, in San Francisco, California; and Synopsys Corporate Art Show in Mountain View, California) and group shows (16 @ 49 group show at Modernbook Gallery, San Francisco; the Kellicut International Photo juried group show; several shows at Sebastopol Center for the Arts; group shows at Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado; the New Orleans Photo Alliance; and at FACES, in Darkroom Gallery in Vermont, where his photo was the Juror’s Choice). His individual portraits of SF Opera Orchestra and Chorus are displayed in the main entrance lobby of San Francisco Opera House.
John’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the Fowler Museum of Cultural History and were included in Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, edited by Donald J. Cosentino. Other publications include a commemorative book on Amy Tan’s opera, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, periodicals such as Visual Artbeat, and blogs such as Elizabeth Avedon, F-Stop Magazine, and Lenscratch. His work is included in the SFMOMA Artists Gallery.
John attended Review Santa Fe, in June 2008, and in 2011 he was awarded a fellowship for Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
John has studied at School of Visual Arts, New York City; at City College, San Francisco; and at Stanford Continuing Studies.
Jenny Lynn Hall, Board Treasurer
Zen Buddhism has been a part of my life since 2001 when I began practicing while living in Italy. My practice was continual, albeit irregular, from 2001 until a transformative 3 weeks at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2014. After wards, I committed more fully to Zen practice and since that time have come essentially every morning to zazen and service at Stone Creek. Zen practice in Italy, France, and the United States is remarkably similar and being part of a deep international tradition reinforces the interconnectivity and timelessness of spiritual life. This has particular meaning for me.
I am an artist by trade working predominantly in the medium of painting incorporated with lime plasters; a technique I developed while living in Italy. Because the plaster gives the work structural integrity, I have focused on creating works of art that can be adapted to architecture as either large-scale pieces such as murals and floors or smaller decorative panels. The themes and methodology in my artwork is largely informed by my Zen studies.
Before focusing totally on art I worked in film, as a financial manager, and in stock options. I hope to be a productive member of the Stone Creek Board.