Especially for beginners:
Instruction and Orientation
is held in the Zendo on Saturdays
from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Night Drop-In Group;
All are welcome.
7:20 p.m. Zazen
8:00 p.m. Service
8:10 - 9:00 p.m. Tea & Discussion
Sojun Roshi's 20's and 30's Dharma Group
Sojun Roshi invites students in their 20' and 30's to join him, usually once a month, for a short period of zazen and open discussion about Zen, Buddhism, meditation, and/or your own practice. We may also discuss selected Buddhist texts. Meetings start at 11:30 am in the zendo on Saturdays following the morning schedule and lecture. People new to BZC are welcome along with continuing students.
Coming dates to be announced.
Saturday, March 15, 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Abbot Sojun Weitsman will lead a one-day sesshin on Saturday, March 15. We encourage old and new sangha members to participate. Please sign up on the patio bulletin board by Wednesday morning, March 12 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 per day and should be paid in advance (a discounted fee is possible; please speak to the director). Leave checks marked "March sesshin" under the Senauke's door or mail to BZC Office Manager at 1931 Russell St., Berkeley 94703. You can also use bill pay on your bank's website and name the payment "sesshin fee."
If you have any questions, contact the sesshin director, Gerry Oliva at sesshindirectorbzc AT gmail.com or 510.652.7217.
Within Heaven and Earth: a Class on Living with Living and Dying
Four Thursdays in April from 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm: April 3, 10, 17 and 24
We, Ryushin Andrea Thach and Guy Micco, will be offering a class this spring concerning our relationships with aging, illness, dying and separation. We will draw on personal experiences as well as on materials from the Pail Canon using Buddha's and his disciples teachings, Chan, Zen and Tibetan stories; poems, essays and reflections from over the last centuries by philosophers, poets, health practitioners, and others. Our readings will anchor what we hope will be a lively exploration of our own paths following Siddhartha outside the palace gate to understand how to find our place in this world. Guy is a long time member/friend of BZC and student of Yvonne Rand, a physician-educator at UCB, and an internal medicine and hospice/palliative care physician. Andrea is a priest at BZC. Like Guy, she is an internist working in geriatrics and hospice/palliative care. We both, perhaps like you, have been tangling with the questions posed by this course in our medical practices and our personal lives.
Cost is $40 plus the xeroxing fees for a small syllabus. If you have questions, please contact Ryushin Andrea (andrea.thach AT gmail) or Class Coordinator Ron Nestor (rnestor1 AT yahoo).
Work Day on Sunday, March 30
Sunday, March 30
Twice each year we get together for work day. This is an opportunity for us to dedicate time to our practice place as a community. There are a variety of jobs around BZC that call for different skills. Everyone's efforts are welcome and appreciated. If there is something in particular you would like to work on, or if you are holding on to a secret talent, this is the time to let it out. We look forward to you joining us for either a half or whole day of work. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Look for information and a sign-up sheet closer to the date on the porch bulletin board.
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
Sunday, 3/2, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
All Sangha Potluck & Budget Meeting
Tuesday, 3/4, 6:30 pm
Saturday, 3/15, 9:40 am
Buddha's Birthday Celebration
Saturday, 4/12, 9:40 am