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Walking the path of liberation, we express our intimate connection with all beings.
Welcoming diversity, here at Berkeley Zen Center the practice of zazen
is available to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation,
age, and physical ability. May all beings realize their true nature.
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Five Fridays from August 1 through October 10
Sojun Roshi’s study group will begin a new series in August. First timers as well as those who’ve been coming to each series are welcome. We’ll continue to work with The Book of Serenity (Equanimity) collection.
The dates are all on Friday evenings from 7:15-8:45. The cost for the series is $50 with discounts available if necessary. A sign up will be posted in mid July or you may email class coordinator Ron Nestor to register at firstname.lastname@example.org.The five part sequence is:
Sunday, August 31, 5:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hozan Alan Senauke will lead this year’s one- day study sesshin on Sunday, August 31 from 5:00 am to 5:30 pm. As the summer winds down, this day will provide a quiet and reflective respite. It will include zazen, oryoki meals, soji, and two study and discussion sessions. Our study will be Sekito Kisen’s “Song of the Grass Roof Hut.” This enchanting poem from Sekito (700-790), author of “Sandokai,” is rich in imagery and steeped in the Soto approach to Zen.
Materials and a sign-up sheet will be available on the bulletin board shelf before the sesshin. The fee is $35, and should be paid in advance. Please leave payment marked “Study Sesshin – August 31” in the laundry room door slot. For more information contact the sesshin director, Carol Paul at (510) 206-5051, or email@example.com.
Saturday, September 6, 1:00 — 4:00 pm
On Saturday, September 6, longtime BZC member Susan Moon will give the Saturday lecture (10:15 am) about her book The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women (co-edited with Florence Caplow). Then we will continue in the afternoon, 1- 4 pm, with an afternoon workshop, open to men and women. BZC practice leaders Karen Sundheim and Laurie Senauke (who contributed essays in the book) will join Susan to further bring forth these wonderful teachings. The afternoon will include an experiential component—perhaps a writing exercise—and general sharing among all the attendees. We will also hear from Susan about how the book is being received and used around the country. Cost for the afternoon is $15. Folks are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and plan for a day at BZC. Please sign up on the bulletin board.
Sunday, September 7, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Half-day sittings include five periods of zazen, kinhin (walking meditation) and an informal tea. Sojun Roshi asks participants to commit to the entire four-hour schedule. A $10 donation is requested. If you have questions or if you cannot sign up on the bulletin board, contact the August half-day director Greg Denny at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 559-8831.
Monday, September 8, 6:20 am
Any BZC member who has not formally entered the BZC temple over the past years is warmly invited to attend this formal entering ceremony.
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 pm
The BZC board is currently finalizing its search for prospective candidates for our member-at-large election in October. Formal nominations will be made at the all-sangha meeting on Tues., September 9, immediately following the potluck that begins at 6:30 pm. There will be opportunity for committee chairs to provide brief updates regarding finance, building projects, fundraising and electronic communication.
In recruiting candidates, we have identified a variety of skills that support the sangha'rsquo;s interests, including but not limited to: oral and written communication, organization, information technology, money management, fundraising, engineering, building maintenance and nonprofit law. Board members are expected to attend monthly Sunday morning meetings (9:00-12:00), an all-day retreat on a Sunday in February, and to serve on at least one working board committee: finance, buildings, development, or electronic communication.
At our September meeting, all BZC members are welcome to nominate fellow members for this position, but please contact them first concerning their willingness to be nominated. If you yourself are interested in being nominated, contact board president Jake Van Akkeren by e-mail (email@example.com).
We hope to see you at the dinner and meeting and wholeheartedly welcome your participation in the nomination process.
Sunday, September 14, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The annual BZC Women’s Sesshin will be held on Sunday September 14, beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 4:30 pm. It will include both a lecture and a discussion period led by Susan Marvin, longtime BZC practitioner. An informal buffet style lunch will be provided; no experience with oryoki is needed. Women of all levels of practice are encouraged to attend this special sesshin to share our union as female practitioners. Cost for the day is $25. (If you are unable to pay the full amount, contact the sesshin director to arrange a reduced fee.) The sign-up sheet will be posted on the zendo bulletin board in early September. For more information, please contact sesshin director, Carol Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510)206-5051.
Saturday and Sunday, September 20–21
Please join us for a special work weekend September 20 and 21. Many of BZC’s unpainted wood surfaces, the zendo in particular, badly need cleaning, resurfacing, and refinishing. We’ve hired Gustavo, our excellent contractor, to pressure-wash surfaces two weeks prior to our work. Our job will consist of light sanding and then applying a low-VOC sealer with brushes and rollers. No experience is necessary. We’ve cancelled the usual Sept. 20 Saturday program schedule so everyone will find it easier to show up and pitch in. A reliably great lunch will be served each day.
Our zendo is thirty-two years old this year and over that time we’ve done our best to keep it in good condition both inside and out. It’s been a good while since we last applied oil to the exterior walls and there are serious areas of black mold and cracked, dried out wood. For those who prefer not to work with oil or sanding or even outdoors, we have several alternative projects, and of course kitchen support is always welcome.
Walter Kieser, Mary Duryee, and Ron Nestor are organizing the weekend with work leaders Paul Ridgway and Bruce Coughran helping to supervise. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board; it includes the option of just dropping in at any time during the day. The schedule will be:
We’ve set aside Sunday Sept. 28 as a back-up day in case we don’t finish the work in one weekend.
Saturday, October 4, 11:30 am
On Saturday, October 4, at 11:30 am, Sojun Roshi will offer a refresher training for doans, kokyos and fukudos. This event will be for people already trained in these service positions. Sojun Roshi warmly encourages those of you in this group to come to this training.
Sunday, October 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dharma brothers and sisters: we’re all just one big happy family, right? On Sunday, October 5, BZC will be offering its third annual ground-breaking Family Sesshin for all ages and stages of being. The day will begin at 9:00 am and go until 4:00 pm and include zazen, service, a mindful walk, work period, theater games, art projects, stories, and other fun activities for all ages. As usual, we need non-parents and non-children for ballast! You can attend all or part. Please sign up on the zendo bulletin board. Questions? E-mail Laurie Senauke (email@example.com).
Everything is Broken
Everything Is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are is Hozan Alan Senauke’s brand new cd of "buddhistic music." Featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Bernice Reagon, and Alan, along with traditional songs rewritten to bring out their dharma direction, the album also includes Greg Fain’s Lotus Sutra hit "Our Hero," about the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging. The album is available for purchase at Alan’s website http://www.clearviewproject.org, and, as a whole album or individual songs, from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Of course it is also available at the BZC Saturday book table. Don’t miss it if you can.
Sittings & Events
One-Day Study Retreat
New Member Entering Ceremony
All-Sangha Potluck—Board Nominations
One-Day Sesshin: Open Aspects of Practice
Aspects of Practice
Sejiki Ceremony and Celebration