Affirmation of Welcome|
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.
Saturday Schedule Change
20s and 30s Dharma Group
No photography in the Zendo, please
Berkeley Zen Center Documentary
Sunday, November 30 – Saturday, December 6
This year’s Rohatsu sesshin, led by Sojun Mel Weitsman, begins November 30 and ends December 6. (The start of Rohatsu this year is at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.) This sesshin commemorates the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, and all sangha members and friends are invited to attend Buddha’s enlightenment ceremony on Saturday, December 6, at 11:10 am, after lecture.
Rohatsu is also a time to be inspired by the memory of our founder, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. The Suzuki Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony will be held on Monday, December 1 at 8:20 pm; everyone is invited to attend.
Each day of Rohatsu starts at 5:00 am and ends at 9:00 pm, with the exception of the final day, which ends around 5:00 pm.
Saturday, 12/13, 3:00pm
Please join us on Saturday, December 13 at 3:00 pm to honor Nancy’s life in story, pictures, food, and friendship. We will perform our formal funeral ceremony to support her in her transition, hear a few speakers, and have a chance to remember her.
We will need to get a sense of how many people will be attending in order to plan seating and food. Please RSVP by December 7 by responding to the evite if you received one, or to Leslie at email@example.com. There will be limited seating in the zendo.
There will be a sign-up sheet for providing sweets and for helping with the preparations and cleanup. Karen Sundheim and Nancy Suib will be organizing the reception. If you have questions about the event itself, contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 12/14 – Wednesday, 12/31
Our winter break will commence on Sunday December 14. During winter break all formal practice activities are suspended until our New Year’s Eve celebration, which begins on December 31 at 8:00 pm. Otherwise, we will offer informal zazen in the morning and evening for those who wish to attend through New Year’s Day. A sign-up sheet will be posted for volunteers willing to open and close the zendo. For further information, please contact Ross, our zendo manager.
Wednesday, 12/31, 8:00pm – 1:00 am
Join us on Wednesday evening, December 31 for the chance to ring in the new year with the quiet and reflection of zazen, punctuated by 108 soundings of the bell to mark the last 108 minutes of 2014 and a bonfire after midnight.
Everyone is welcome to attend any portion of the program, entering the zendo during kinhin or the beginning of a period of zazen.
The schedule is:
A celebration and potluck will follow in the community room. Watch the bulletin board for details and the sign-up sheets for providing food and help with clean up. If you have any questions, contact Ross at email@example.com.
Fridays, 1/9, 23, 30 and 2/6, 20, 7:15pm – 8:30pm
Sojun Roshi will continue his koan study group during the first part of the year for five Friday evenings in January and February: January 9, 23, and 30 and February 6 and 20. We meet from 7:15 to 8:45 pm in the community room.
We’ll continue with The Book of Serenity, a collection of 100 koans and accompanying verses, compiled by the Chinese Zen master, Hongzhi or Tiantong, in the 12th century. Further commentary on the koans and verses is then provided by the brilliant Zen teacher Wansong. The Book of Serenity is the collection of koans most associated with our Soto Zen school.
For most of us, these koans are not easy to understand. Fortunately we have the able guidance of Sojun to help us find our way through the various twists and turns. Losing our way may not be so bad either.
Newcomers to the class are most welcome. Class materials for each koan will be provided or the book may be purchased at your favorite bookseller. A sign-up sheet will be posted early this month. The cost is $50 for the series, with discounts available as always. For questions or to sign up by e-mail, contact class coordinator Ron Nestor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
November and December
Suzuki Roshi Annual Memorial
and Stone Dedication
Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony
New Year's Even Sitting and Party