December 2016 – January 2017
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, December 3
Join us for a daylong retreat as we commemorate Bodhi Day, Buddha’s awakening, and awaken the moments of our own life by our practice. Periods of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, and dokusan available with Joseph.
2012 Chapala St.
BYO bag lunch.
Please register with Larry Barber (contact information below). Part-time attendance (morning or afternoon) is possible.
Public silent meditation
Saturday, December 10
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Join Deep Streams and a consortium of Buddhist and other groups in a public silent meditation with the intention to protect life and build peace, inclusion, equality, and justice. Signs welcome but not required, affirmative or of resistance, but of an inclusive nature. No personal attacks.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse (in front)
On Anacapa Street at Anapamu.
Please come early so we can begin right at 3pm. Bring whatever physical supports you need, like cushions or folding chairs. We’ll conclude with a brief chant evoking Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Dharma Arts: Creativity and Meditation
Saturday, January 21, 2017
After the good response to our first workshop, Buddhism and Social Action, Deep Streams Zen Institute is planning a second workshop, titled Dharma Arts: Creativity and Meditation. Presenters will be Joel Feigin, composer/musician; Dan Gerber, poet; Heena Yoon, musician/choreographer/ dancer; and Larry Barber, writer. Joseph Bobrow will facilitate the day and lead meditation.
St. Michael’s Church, Isla Vista
Kissing The Joy As It Flies: Zen Buddhism & A Life Well-Lived
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9am-12pm
Schott Campus Auditorium
Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning.
For more information — http://bit.ly/2eVpted
All My Relations
I recently spent several days at Standing Rock Sioux Nation at the Oceti Sakowin camp, joining with over five hundred clergy from around the world to support the water protectors. It was thrilling.
War, violence and oppression are boring, their outcomes relentlessly predictable and their fuels—unbridled greed, hatred and delusion— consistently corrosive. Likewise with bigotry, misogyny, racism, xenophobia and climate denial. Non-violent resistance with sisters and brothers is creative, fresh, and connective. Benevolent action is life-giving and affirms our interconnected nature at the heart of the Jeweled Net of Indra.
In Native American spiritual traditions, this is Mitakuye Oyasin, All My Relations. Every announcement, every story told around the sacred fire at Oceti Sakowin camp began with the word “Relatives.”
Recently a friend spoke of how painful it is to feel such profound divisiveness in our country. She wept and some came up later to give hugs. We weep because we are human; our beating hearts are working. Now more than ever we need each other. We want to feel connected to other people, to the earth and its creatures, to our bodies, minds and hearts.
Another friend resolved to be more affirmative; it had been such a slog to be “against” for so long. I recalled listening to Huston Smith, the great religious scholar of comparative religion. When asked what he found most important to recall in our tumultuous times, he responded that, as important as knowing and embodying what we are for was knowing what we are against. When we protect and stand for the sanctity of each and every being, we are resisting the forces of unbridled greed, hatred and delusion. We are making a stand. “If you are a rock, stand up like a mountain,” is an refrain from a moving video about Standing Rock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyzzEnRR8f8 .
Our own Dogen invites us into deepest intimacy: “Green mountains are waking.” Moment by moment, breath by breath, eschew blind reactiveness and muster the wherewithal to face what is emerging within and without. From such devotional engagement, requiring nothing, a response comes forth, however dim at first. Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion, comes forth. We can place our trust there.
Zazen (Zen meditation)
First and Third Wednesday of each month
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Santa Barbara Friends Meetinghouse
2012 Chapala Street (cross street is Mission)
Meditation and brief talk by Roshi.
Beginning students and seasoned practitioners alike are welcome.
Please arrive by 9:50, or earlier if you’re new to practice.