Journeying Through Grief and Change with Fearlessness: Jizo Practice Group, Online 2/18 – 3/11

Four Thursdays: February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PT

Led By Dōjin Sarah Emerson, Chris Fortin and Jenifer Block

In this time of difficulty and uncertainty, the archetype of Jizo Bodhisattva, an embodiment of fearlessness and great persistence, is a profound resource. Jizo vows to walk into the fires of suffering, and to accompany all beings across to the safety and equanimity of awakening.

Calling forth this spirit of creative and wholehearted engagement, we will deepen and stabilize our capacity to meet personal grief and loss and the collective grief of the global pandemic, racial violence and inequities, climate catastrophe, economic instability, societal and communal uncertainties.

The event is offered to deepen the qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva: unconditional love, great commitment, and unshakable fearlessness, in our practice and in the world. Our hope is that this offering will cultivate our individual and collective capacity to accept and engage with what is painful and difficult.

Jizo Practice Group

Our final session will be a Jizo Ceremony in which we bear witness to each other’s grief and loss and dedicate our efforts to the healing of our communities and in the world.  All are welcome, especially those in need of compassion, healing, and solace from the many losses, uncertainty and changes of these times.This is a unique opportunity to begin or deepen your bodhisattva practice. Together we will explore the meaning and power of Jizo Bodhisattva.  Meetings will include dharma talks, relevant reading, discussion, creative expression, as well as supporting one another in navigating the tricky places. We will introduce creative practices to nurture the qualities of Jizo: optimism, compassion, courage, and peace. We will study the Wheel of Life, and Jizo’s role in opening the doors of practice in the six realms of transmigration: gods, jealous gods, hungry ghosts, hell-beings, animals, and humans.

Advance registration required, this is not a drop-in group.

Offered through San Francisco Zen Center:

for more information and to register click here

8-fold Path

Spring Ango: The Eightfold Path We Walk Together

The ango this year will be online through zoom.
The theme of the ango will be “The Eightfold Path We Walk Together.”

• The Sunday talks on March 14 – April 4 will be on the topic of the ango.
• The ango study group will meet on Wednesday evenings, March 10 – April 7, 6:00 to 8:00 (possibly ending earlier on some evenings). During these meetings, participants are invited to offer brief (5-10 minute) presentations  to express and share their own understandings, experiences and living applications of one or more folds of the Eightfold Path. We particularly invite developing connections between the Eightfold Path and contemporary issues including social justice, living in the pandemic and the climate crisis.
• We plan to hold an ango practice day combined with the Sunday offering on March 21, 9:15 am – 3:00 pm.

The Eightfold Path is a classic exposition of the 4th Noble Truth of the Path (the 4 Noble Truths are the truths of suffering, the cause of suffering, freedom from suffering, and the path).

The Eightfold Path consists of:
1. Skillful View (or Understanding)
2. Skillful Intention (or Resolve or Vow)
3. Skillful Speech (or Conversation)
4. Skillful Action (or Conduct)
5. Skillful Livelihood (or Integration)
6. Skillful Effort (or Energy)
7. Skillful Mindfulness (or Recollection of Teachings)
8. Skillful Concentration (or Meditation)

There are a number of books which discuss the Eightfold Path. We would like to recommend the following as our base text:

The Eightfold Path edited by Jikyo Cheryl Wolfer (Temple Ground Press). It is a compilation of commentaries on each fold by contemporary woman Zen teachers.

The ango will be led by Dojin and Korin.

Suggested donation for Ango: members $110, non-members $150, if you’re having financial hardship, please email (see below),                no one turned away for lack of funds

Please sign up by sending an email to stonecreek@sonic.net


ocean horizon

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:


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


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:


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)

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

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

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


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


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:



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