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Living my practice wholeheartedly: whiteness, race and the Bodhisattva vow- Feb 7

Living my practice wholeheartedly: whiteness, race and the Bodhisattva vow
for white practitioners
Sunday February 7, 2021 10:00 am – 5:00 pm PST
Teachers: Crystal Johnson, Dojin Sarah Emerson, Chris Fortin and Tova Green
While this year of pandemic has been disruptive and challenging in many ways, it has also created an opening, a space for greater awareness and urgency around issues of racial harm.  The murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery; the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and the climate crisis, especially on the Black, Latinx and Native communities; and the speed with which so many people in America faced hunger, are all shocking outcomes of the system of race-based oppression in America.
As white people, especially those of us with class privilege, this can be both upsetting and overwhelming.  Our compassionate nature registers the suffering, yet our confusion makes it difficult to know what to do.  In this workshop, we offer brief talks, group discussion, reflection and time for Q&A to explore these states of distress, and examine how to move from the overwhelm, confusion, guilt, uncertainty and isolation to the joyful practice of compassion, fueled by the energy of the Bodhisattva vow.
To register:

Teachers:

Crystal Johnson is a retired clinical psychologist and a Community Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center.  She has taught and co-taught white awareness courses in a number of sanghas, including White and Awakening in Sangha at EBMC, Unpacking Whiteness: Reflection and Action at SFZC, White and Awakening Together at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and Unpacking the Whiteness of Leadership for Branching Streams.

Sarah Emerson is a Head Priest at the Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA.  With Chris Fortin, she co-leads a monthly Racial Literacy and Dharma Inquiry group and is part of the teaching team at East Bay Meditation Center for the White and Awakening in Sangha program.

Chris Fortin is a senior teacher at Everyday Zen Foundation and the guiding teacher of Dharma Heart Zen in Sonoma County, CA.

Tova Green is a resident priest at San Francisco Zen Center and liaison for Branching Streams, the network of Zen Centers in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She co-leads a monthly Unpacking Whiteness affinity group at SFZC.

This program is a benefit for the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA.

In registering for this daylong workshop, we are inviting you to support the work of the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) in Oakland, CA. Founded and led by a majority of POC teachers and practitioners, EBMC opened its doors in 2007 to provide a dharma refuge for people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities.

Through conscious cultivation of practices of Radical Inclusivity, Shared Leadership and Gift Economics, EBMC seeks to foster liberation, personal and interpersonal healing, social action, and inclusive community building.

Through our writings and workshops such as this one for white people, we offer support to other dharma communities and practitioners who are seeking to more fully live their practice in the world.

Please give as generously as you can to support this important work.

 

Presented by Everyday Zen and the East Bay Meditation Center, co-sponsored by Branching Streams, Dharma Heart Zen, San Francisco Zen Center and Stone Creek Zen

mossy Jizos

New Years offerings: sitting 12/31/20 and 1/2 day retreat 1/2/21

1) Thursday 12/31- New Year’s Eve sitting from 3-6pm PST

To close out this momentous and challenging year, please join us for some quiet meditation together. We will alternate sitting and walking meditation.

Come and leave as you need.

On Stone Creek’s zoom- please email if you need the link: stonecreek@sonic.net

2) Saturday January 2nd-  New Year’s ½ Day Renewal Retreat and Jizo Ceremony, 2-5pm

For this afternoon, we will come together to sit, reflect and make space for our personal and collective grief to honor and give closure to the challenges that we met in 2020, and make some room in our hearts and lives for renewal and continued healing in 2021.

We will sit zazen, share some teachings about Jizo Bodhisattva (the bodhisattva of fearlessness who supports us in feeling and expressing our grief and loss, and crossing over into realms of connection and healing), and meet with one another in small groups. We will then share together in a Jizo Ceremony where we make small offerings and entrust them to the care and tending of Jizo’s great capacity.

Led by Dojin

Please register by Thursday 12/31 by emailing: stonecreek@sonic.net

Suggested donation, sliding scale $30-$60, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Jisho Roshi

INTRODUCTION TO ZEN PRACTICE – is back! Sunday January 10

9-945am

Our monthly introduction to Zen practice returns in an online format. Instruction in the basics of Zen meditation and learn a little bit about Stone Creek Zen Center and our sangha.

This will be held on Zoom from 9-945 before our weekly Sunday program which begins at 10 (please feel free to stay for the whole morning).

Please email to let us know you are interested and so we can send you the Zoom link:

stonecreek@sonic.net

Silent Auction Mosaic

Stone Creek Online Silent Auction

Welcome to Stone Creek’s Online Silent Auction!

The auction will be online December 7-21, 2020.

To submit a bid, please choose your level from the preset bids for each item, and email stonecreek@sonic.net

Bids will be held in order received and updates will be posted daily (so your bid may not show up right away…not to worry).

Items will be available to bid on until the auction closes at 9pm on 12/21, or they are sold through the “Buy-It-Now” price.  Because we have fewer items and bidders this year, the Buy-It-Now price is slightly higher than the original value.

If you choose a Buy-It-Now bid, we will make arrangements for you to pick up the item as soon as possible.  Otherwise, items won will be available for pick up at the Stone Store 4-5pm on 12/22 and 12/23, or by appointment if needed.

Please note, Auction items are FOR PICK UP ONLY, we do not have the capacity to ship them.

If there are items that do not receive any bids, they may be available after the close of the auction, we will keep you posted about this.

(Click on an image to see more detail)

Silent Auction Items:Descriptions:
Item #1: Foot Soldier Jar, with Lid
John Chambers, noted Sebastopol artist
Browns with black stoneware
6 ½ H x 5 ½ W
complexity arising out of the simplest of means
Value: $160

Opening Bid: $80
Bid 2: $100
Bid 3: $120
Bid 4: $140
Bid 5: $160
Buy-It-Now: $175

Item # 2: Vintage Porcelain Hand-Painted Tea Pot
Artist unknown
Blue and gold
5 ¾” H x 9” W ((including spout & handles)
Value: $50

Opening Bid: $25
Bid 2: $35
Bid 3: $45
Bid 4: $50
Buy-It-Now: $60

Item # 3: Small traditional Japanese Cast Iron and Enamel Tea Pot
Artist unknown
4 ½’ H (7 ½“ with handle) x 5 ½” W (with spout)

SOLD!
Item #4: Vintage Woodstoke Lidded Casserole
Gulf Coast Pottery Collective
Gray, blue & ochre stoneware
4 ½” H (6” with lid) x 7 ½ W
Value: $100

Opening Bid: $50
Bid 2: $70
Bid 3: $90
Bid 4: $110
Buy-It-Now: $125


Item # 5: Vintage Woodstoke Bowl
Gulf Coast Pottery Collective
Gray, blue & ochre stoneware
3” H x 9” W
Value: $100

Opening Bid: $50
Bid 2: $70
Bid 3: $90
Bid 4: $110
Buy-It-Now: $125

Item #6: Serving Bowl
by John Chambers, noted Sebastopol artist
Calligraphy by Sunae Chambers
Green-gray stoneware with calligraphy in dark brown
9 ¾”W x 2 3/8”H

SOLD!
Item #7: Ceramic Bowl
Harvey Brody
Noted North Bay ceramicist & painter
Black, with multi-colors
3 ½ “ H x 9”
texture and form guide the process
Value: $50

SOLD!
Item #8: Hand- Painted Ceramic Bowl
Mary Classen, noted Sacramento area artist
3” H x 5 ½” W
Light gray, with unique multi-colored floral motif
Value: $125

Opening Bid: $60
Bid 2: $80
Bid 3: $100
Bid 4: $125
Buy-It-Now: $150


Item # 9: Japanese Tea Bowl with Antique Wooden Box
Artist unknown
Pale pinkish and grey with crackle glaze
4 15/16”W x 2 15/16”H
Box: 5 15/16”W x 5 15/16”D x 5”H, with calligraphy, artist’s stamp, Japanese wrapping cloth, and attached ribbon
Value: $125

Opening bid: $65
Bid 2: $85
Bid 3: $105
Bid 4: $125
Buy-It-Now: $150

Item # 10: Moroccan Silver Necklace
Artist unknown
8” hanging vertical, from clasp to center bead
Value: $100

Opening Bid: $50
Bid 2: $70
Bid 3: $90
Bid 4: $110
Buy-It-Now: $120

Item #11: Wool Rug
Description: Artist unknown
Red, black, and grey vintage hand-woven rug from Guatemala
Set up for wall hanging, or could be used on the floor
21 ¾” W x 39” H
Value: $175

CURRENT BID: $85

Bid 2- $115
Bid 3- $150
Bid 4- $175
Buy-It-Now price: $200

Item #12: Stoneware Pitcher with Handle
Stone Pool Pottery, noted American potter Mark Shapiro
Light brown stoneware, stamped with the artist’s stamp: MS
8 ½ H x 5 ½ W
Value: $200

CURRENT BID: $150

Bid 3: $200
Buy-It-Now: $250

Item #13: Antique Ginger Jar
Chinese, artist unknown
Hand-painted blue on off white, all-over pattern
8’ H x 7 ¾’ W
Value: $100

Opening Bid: $50
Bid 2: $70
Bid 3: $90
Bid 4: $110
Buy-It-Now: $125
Item #14: Antique Ginger Jar
Chinese, artist unknown
Hand-painted blue on off white, floral motif on one side
7’ H x 7 1/8’ W
Value: $100

Opening Bid: $50
Bid 2: $70
Bid 3: $90
Bid 4: $110
Buy-It-Now: $125

 

 

Silouette Buddha

The Dharma of being Anti-racist- A 4 Month Intensive, beginning January 26th

The Dharma of being Anti-Racist: Accessing Skillful Engagement

ONLINE: 17-weeks Class

TUESDAYS: January 26 – May 18, 2021 6 -8 pm PT

with Rev. Liên Shutt, Rev. Sarah Emerson, Rev. Charlie Pokorny, and Dalila Bothwell

Would you like to have skillful ways to be in the midst of these critical times?

If so, the teachings of the 8-Fold Path directly shows us how we can use our wisdom & heart-mind training to support our behaviors with these qualities:

Wisdom in:

  • Skillful Understanding / View
  • Skillful Thought / Motivation

Enacted through Heart-Mind trainings/meditations & practices in:

  • Skillful Effort
  • Skillful Mindfulness
  • Skillful Concentration

To foster behaviors of:

  • Skillful Speech
  • Skillful Action
  • Skillful Livelihood

These 8 aspects are taught as ways to live an intentional life of non-harming. Each week you’ll be presented with traditional & social justice-oriented contemporary frames to understand & apply these aspects in real & every day ways. You’ll be able to learn & practice how they make sense for you in your life now & not just as theories & concepts.

Inquiring into, understanding, and responding to the causes & conditions that have brought about our collective suffering of racism, this course will offer a variety of instructional/guided meditations, reflective writings, and mindfulness practices along with interactive exercises to support grounding, settledness, & wise action. Connecting to how you have agency/power (in yourself & with your communities) in the midst of racial conditioning is the best “medicine” for these times. We’ll practice skills for staying in discomfort & resilience through cultivating an open-hearted intimacy with suffering, invoking anti-racism to have impact in the world.

Class format will alternate between class session of teachings & home practice assignment with small group session to discuss what came up for you in the home practice that week (small groups will be formed as BIPOC-only and white-identified-only to foster brave-space intimacy).

To apply, please submit information at Access to Zen’s website:

https://accesstozen.org/events/2020/8/3/the-dharma-of-being-anti-racist-accessing-skillful-engagement-e4pj2

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Rohatsu- Buddha’s Awakening- 1/2 Day Sitting, December 8th

On Tuesday 12/8, we will gather virtually to sit in commemoration and celebration of Buddha’s Awakening.

The sitting will be 9am-12pm on the Stone Creek zoom link.

Schedule for the morning, please join at any time:

9-930 zazen

930-940 walking meditation

940-1010 zazen

1010-1030 short dharma talk

1030-1040 walking meditation

1040-1110 zazen

1110-1120 walking mediation

1120-1150 zazen

1150-12 brief celebratory service and end

 

Please email for the Zoom link if you need it: stonecreek@sonic.net

Crystal Johnson

Guest Speaker: Crystal Johnson November 15, 2020

Crystal is a dharma practitioner and teacher who has co-created, and co-teaches programs for white dharma practitioners seeking to build awareness, knowledge and skills to challenge the dynamics of white privilege and race-based oppression, and to create truly diverse sangha. Programs include White and Awakening in Sangha , a six month program at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, Interconnected: Challenging Racism and White Privilege with Mindfulness and Compassion, an 8 session course at the San Francisco Zen Center, Unpacking the Whiteness of Leadership, a 6 session course offered for the Branching Streams, a network of affiliate Dharma centers and Sanghas in the Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and White and Awakening Together, an 8 session class offered through the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.  She also consults to (white-dominated) organizations seeking to identify and address barriers to racial equity embedded in organizational culture, policies and practices.  She is currently on the Leadership Sangha (board) and is Treasurer of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA.

Konjin

Guest Speaker: Konjin Gaelyn Godwin – Sunday August 2

10 am

Konjin Gaelyn Godwin is abbot of Houston Zen Center and Director of the International Division of Soto Zen, North America (a department of Soto Zen Headquarters based in Japan). She received ordination as a Zen Priest in 1991, from Tenshin Reb Anderson, and Dharma Transmission in 2003. She is Dojin’s ordination and dharma transmission teacher.