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.
20s and 30s Dharma Group
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Berkeley Zen Center Documentary
Sunday, July 13, 11:00 am – 4:00pm
Come to Laurel picnic area in Tilden Park, and enjoy a potluck, music, games, and time with friends. From BZC turn right on MLK. Head north to Rose, about eight blocks beyond University. Turn right on Rose, go about eight blocks to Spruce and turn left. At the top of Spruce, continue straight across the Grizzly Peak Blvd. intersection; Spruce becomes Wildcat Canyon Road. Continue for 2.2 miles on Wildcat Canyon; turn right on S. Park Drive. Continue 0.8 miles; the Laurel parking lot will be on your right. This is a short walk-in site. A shuttle will be available for schlepping.
Sunday, July 20 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us on Sunday July 20 between 8 am and 5 pm for our annual Zazenkai sitting. This is an opportunity to spend a day in sitting and walking meditation and bowing without the interruption of lectures, zendo meals or work period. We will maintain silence throughout, with the exception of bells to mark meditation periods, and chanting the refuges aloud at 4:50 pm. We will go at a relaxing pace with a mixture of 30- and 40-minute sitting periods, a short AM break, silent bag lunch, and an afternoon tea. The fee will be $25. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the courtyard bulletin board.
Please feel free to contact Gerry Oliva at 510.652.7217 or e-mail at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Saturday and Sunday, July 26 – 27
You are warmly invited to the annual Berkeley Zen Center Campout, scheduled for July 26-27. We‘ve reserved a group campsite in nearby Tilden Park, and will meet for a potluck dinner and possibly a short hike, as well as s‘mores and songs around the campfire, followed by oatmeal and coffee/tea/cocoa in the morning. Join us to pass on the campfire rounds we grew up with, tell stories, and learn the latest songs from our own kids.
Families and those without children are all welcome. If you prefer not to stay for the night, come for the dinner and company. If you would like to stay but are missing a tent or sleeping bag, let us know, and we can almost definitely find one for you. Contact Katherine O. at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, and look for a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in early July.
July 31 – August 3
Our next Mountains and Rivers Sesshin will take place Thursday through Sunday, July 31-August 3, at Point Reyes.
Gerry Oliva will be joining us as Doshi (officiating priest). Gerry will be leading our daily discussions of Dogen’s “Mountains and Rivers Sutra” and/or other topics of her choice, and she will also be available for one-on-one practice discussions during our free time periods on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
The sesshin will begin with an orientation meeting Wednesday evening, July 30, in the Community Room. Thursday morning we will carpool to Point Reyes, then hike from the Palomarin trailhead to Wildcat Camp (5.5 miles), moving at a moderate pace with frequent rest stops and lunch along the way. We will get back to Berkeley around 5:00 pm Sunday. All meals are provided and camping experience is not required. Everyone is encouraged to do the full four days, but provision will also be made for those who may have to arrive late.
The signup sheet will be posted on the BZC bulletin board. Signup deadline is Saturday,July 26. The fee is $75. If you have any questions, please call Ken Knabb at (510)527-0959 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Sunday, August 3, 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 Peter Overton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-5239.
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 email@example.com.The five part sequence is:
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
Sojun Roshi’s 85th Birthday Party
Zazenkai (Just Sitting Day)
Mountains and Rivers Sesshing
One-Day Study Retreat