March 2017

     We know it when we see it, feel it: solid, stable. Not rigid but rooted. Relaxed but grounded. Focused but unforced. It is usually a state, a passing one. But with devoted practice, it can become a trait. A reliable quality of mind. Conditions change, we are not oblivious. But zen practice brings stability amid the shifting sands: regular daily practice on the cushion, alone and with others; walking meditation with the many beings; as needed meditation moments we can enter when we’re stretched thin; and ordinary activities turned on their ear as we engage meditatively with them, revealing shopping, cleaning, cooking, washing, and paying the bills as the universe itself.
     During the next month I would like you to let us know what practice schedule you are interested in and can commit to on a regular basis. We are continuing to build a reliable sangha base. A critical mass of practitioners is necessary to sustain a regular schedule and to expand the range of programs, including multi-day retreats, which deepen our practice immeasurably. Do be in touch this next month with your feedback and any questions you may have.  Contact Larry Barber at

Joseph Bobrow


March 24-26 Waking Up From Trauma: Cultivating Communities of Resistance in a Time of Uncertainty. Join Joseph Bobrow, Oksana Yakushko and Lolly Be for a deepening and connective weekend in the beautiful setting of the Retreat At Pacifica. In this workshop we explore how communities of resistance are also optimal environments for learning and healing.  For more information and registration see the program at

March 7, Compassion In Action, with teachers Joseph Bobrow, Spencer Sherman, Katherine Morrow, and Kim DeBacco.
Join fellow Buddhist and spiritual practitioners for this "First Tuesday" offering, an opportunity for meditation, short talks, and discussion to assist us in staying awake, connected, and responsive during these uncertain times.
Trinity Church, Parish Hall. 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara, 7pm.

Please note: Larry Barber will be away until June, so volunteers to help set up our Wednesday sittings would be appreciated.  Please come at least 20 minutes before sitting begins at 10 a.m. You can coordinate with Larry via email at


Zazen (Zen meditation)

With instruction by Roshi

2012 Chapala Street (cross street is Mission)
Santa Barbara Friends Meetinghouse
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
First and Third Wednesday of each month  
March 2017
Wednesday 1 and 15
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Beginning students and seasoned practitioners alike are welcome.
Please arrive by 9:50, or earlier if you’re new to practice

Sangha and Maha Sangha News

Joseph Bobrow, Roshi, has just published a new book of poetry,
After Midnight.  

You can find more information and purchase the book at

March 15 Deadline to sign up for Buddhist Peace Fellowship's 6-week web curriculum U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times.  More information at

Contact Information
For more information visit our website at Or contact Larry Barber:
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