In Loving Memory
Nancy Jo McClellan
1942 – 2014
Public Memorial Ceremony: October 19, 2014 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (read more)
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
Saturday, 10/18 to Saturday, 11/15
Aspects of Practice—led by BZC Senior Students Denkei Raul Moncayo, Laurie Senauke, Ron Nestor, Ryushin Andrea Thach, Greg Denny, and Gerry Oliva—will begin with the opening sesshinon Saturday, October 18, and continue through the closing sesshin on Saturday, November 15.
As always, this is an opportunity for new and old students to sit and study together, and also share work, practice discussion, and tea. The complete calendar of events is available here.
This year we will be delving into some of Suzuki Roshi’s unpublished talks on koans, exploring these in lectures and classes; we will also show a short movie of Suzuki Roshi. These materials are available online and in the BZC library for those who want to dive in on their own. Classes will be on Thursday evenings at 7:15 in the community room and are open to anyone who is interested—not just people participating in the practice period. Some study materials will be available in advance.
As fall begins, please join us for this opportunity to refresh our timeless practice. All the relevant info and sign-up sheets will be posted in early October. If you have questions (or would like to access the online library), e-mail Raul or Laurie (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org), or catch us at BZC.
Saturday, October 18, 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
The Aspects of Practice opening sesshin, led by Laurie Senauke, will take place on Saturday, October 18. We encourage both long-term and new sangha members to participate. Please sign up on the patio bulletin board by Wednesday morning, October 15, after zazen. 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. The fee is $35 and should be paid in advance (a discounted fee is possible; please speak to the director). Put checks marked “October 18 sesshin” in the courtyard laundry room door mail slot or mail to the BZC office manager at 1931 Russell St., Berkeley 94703. You can also use the bill pay option on your banks’ website with the notation “October Sesshin fee.”
Saturday, October 25, 10:15 am
Sejiki is a popular buddhist festival that highlights the connection between our world and the worlds of spirits. At BZC, we offer it as a sort of Buddhist Halloween. The ceremony is a mixture of spooky and solemn—there will be costumes and noisemakers, but we will also recite the names of departed friends and family and make offerings to appease our own hungry ghosts.
This year’s Sejiki ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 25. To allow preparation time for the ceremony, we will not be having early morning zazen or breakfast. Instead, we will begin with a work period at 8:30 am to prepare our temple for the ceremony. The formal program will start with zazen at 9:35, followed by a short lecture and the ceremony at 10:15. We will also be offering a special children’s program beginning with a kids’ activity at 9:35 am at 1933 Russell. The kids will then join the sangha for a short lecture and spooky ceremony. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume and bring noisemakers for the ceremony.
For more information about the program, please contact Christy at email@example.com. You can also give Christy names of departed ones to be recited during the ceremony if you will not be able to attend. If you are planning to attend the 9:35 kids’ activity, please RSVP to Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 19, 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 email@example.com or (510) 559-8831.
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 Sesshin: Open Aspects of Practice
Aspects of Practice
Sejiki Ceremony and Celebration
One-Day Sesshin: Close Aspects of Practice
Thanksgiving: Zendo Holiday