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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
No photography in the Zendo, please
Berkeley Zen Center Documentary
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.
Saturday, January 17, 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Taking the time to sit still after all the holiday and year-end activity is a great way to begin the new year. The first sesshin of 2015, led by Sojun Mel Weitsman, will take place on Saturday, January 17, from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm. We encourage old and new sangha members to participate. If this is your first sesshin at BZC, we recommend that you first participate in a full Saturday program and also speak with the sesshin director. Please check the patio bulletin for the sesshin sign-up sheet, the sesshin information forms and further information. The sesshin fee is $35 (a discounted fee is possible; please speak to the director). Place checks marked “January 17 sesshin” in the slot in the laundry room door or mail to BZC Office Manager at 1931 Russell St., Berkeley 94703.
Sunday, January 25, 8:00 am – 4:15 pm
On January 25, BZC will offer a beginners’ sitting from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Hozan Alan Senauke will offer instruction in the basic forms of our practice—zazen, kinhin, service—while maintaining our ground in meditation throughout the day. There will be a lecture on zazen and plenty of time for discussion. This is a good opportunity to ask questions about our practice.
Participants should bring a bag lunch, which we will eat informally in silence at midday. Newer people are particularly encouraged to take part, but we welcome longtime students who can enjoy a day of sitting and model the richness of our practice. The cost is $15. Please see the bulletin board for a sign-up sheet and further information. Contact the sesshin director Gerry Oliva at sesshindirectorBZC@gmail.com or (510) 652-7217 with any questions.
Sunday, February 1, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Half -day sittings include five periods of zazen, kinhin, 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 director Peter Overton: firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-5239.
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 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
December & January
New Year's Even Sitting and Party
Zendo Holiday (President's Day)