Selected Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:15 pm
Beginning Tuesday, October 20
then November 17, December 1, December 15
Contact Hannah Meara for a place in the room: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the midst of a pandemic that keeps many of us in our homes, interrupting our face-to-face practice for eight months now, experiencing the disturbing realities of climate change and racial injustice, and facing a presidential election that may well bring unprecedented challenges to our nation, BZC moves towards its first formal leadership transition at the end of December.
I would like to create a safe and informal setting where we can meet over the next few months—where you can express your interests, questions, and concerns to me, and where we can talk among ourselves about things that concern us all: the continuity and shape of Suzuki Roshi and Sojun’s practice, our sense of and needs from the BZC community, and the state of our ever-changing world.
Rather than dokusan form, this would be more like sitting around in the living room or around the kitchen table, except for now, it will be on Zoom (see link below). It will not be open to the wider public and won’t be recorded.
For the sake of intimacy, we will have up to eight available slots each evening, for roughly an hour of discussion among those present. All your words and views are welcome.
BZC Dharma Groups
Meeting ID: 939 998 180
Bay Area Buddhist communities come together each year to support Buddhist Global Relief, an organization that directly addresses hunger and poverty around the world. BZC is once again co-sponsoring this year’s BGF fundraising Walk for Hunger. The Berkeley Action to Feed the Hungry, which has moved online, will take place Saturday, October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information on this event, please go to: https://secure.frontstream.com/berkeley2020
In addition to making an online donation, there are two ways to participate in the Walk:
- Make a Mindful Movement Pledge. Pledge to do an activity in support of the Action to Feed the Hungry. This might be walking or cycling, for example. Share your Mindful Movement Pledge via the above link, and encourage others to donate in support of your efforts.
- Join our Buddhist Action to Feed the Hungry online gathering. On Saturday, October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time, we will gather online to hear from our host temples: Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, Berkeley Buddhist Temple, and Berkeley Zen Center. We’ll share a video of Mindful Movement activities and hear from BGR Executive Director Kim Behan and from Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, Founder and Chair of BGR.
Please join us in support of this important and compassionate work!
After zazen on Wednesday mornings (at 8:10 am) we will hold an ongoing well-being service. Due to the limitations of Zoom, congregants will be muted while we each chant along with the doshi/kokyo. If you would like to have a name added to the ongoing well-being list, send your request by email to Co-Zendo Manager Hannah Meara: email@example.com.
In addition, all are welcome to request a personal service for an individual when there is need for prayers for well-being or when someone has died. Hannah is also the contact person for these requests.
For the time being, we are holding All-Sangha gatherings on Zoom. The meeting will last 60–90 minutes and be facilitated by a pair of practice leaders and long time students. Meetings may take a variety of shapes, including a focus topic announced beforehand and possible break-out sessions. See calendar for dates.
Ross will conduct an orientation to the World of Tea as he inherited it from the teachers at Peet’s during his 25 year tenure. Along with the oral presentation and a Q&A, we’ll taste a range of teas whereby you will leave appreciating the myriad subtleties of this centuries old beverage—the most popular one on the planet second only to water.
Donation: $30 per person
Sign up on the bulletin board or by emailing Mary Beth Lamb. firstname.lastname@example.org