January-February 2017



NOTE: Due to events on the national stage, we are rescheduling our January 21 workshop on Dharma Arts to February 11.  Join us-Infomation and link to register are below. 

Intersangha Solidarity Event
Tuesday, Jan. 3 
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara

Join us for a Town Hall Meeting about being skillful with the uncertainties of our time, how to stay engaged and awake, and how to cultivate a compassionate heart in the midst of it all.  A panel of local Buddhist teachers lead a discussion with audience Q&A on how our practice is at the center of skillful means.  

Kissing The Joy As It Flies: Zen Buddhism & A Life Well-Lived
Joseph Bobrow
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9am-12pm
Schott Campus Auditorium

Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning.
For more information see
Dharma Arts: At the Intersection of Creativity and Compassion
Saturday, February 11, 2017  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Join accomplished local artists who are also Buddhist contemplative (Dharma) practitioners as they “show and tell” – speak and perform – their work, both exploring and demonstrating the creative process.Additionally, Joseph Bobrow, Roshi of Deep Streams Zen Institute, will facilitate and lead periods of sitting and walking meditation.

For millenia, art has flourished within a panoply of Buddhist traditions: From the grottos at Datong, to the brushstrokes of calligraphers, from the haiku of Basho, to the sand mandalas of Tibetan monks.  Join us as our award-winning presenters bring to life their poems, operas, thangkas, dance compositions, photographs, and writing — inviting all of us to keep alive our own creative imagination in these uncertain times.

Presenters include Joel Feigin, Dan Gerber, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, Heena Yoon, Barbara Parmet, and Larry Barber.

For more information, presenter bios, and to register online (strongly advised, space limited), click here, current-public/item/dharma- arts



Yesterday was the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. What a long, strange, unsettling year. Now the light returns, day by day.

Yunmen gave instruction, saying, “Everyone has their own light. If you want to see it, you can’t. The darkness is dark, dark. Now, what is your light?” He himself answered, “The storeroom. The gate.”
The night is dark; restless, conceptual formulating has ceased. “What is your light?”Yunmen asks, his question echoing from T’ang period China and beyond. Will you call it something and be satisfied at that? Will you embrace the question itself, becoming at ease with absorbed not-knowing?
“If the doors of perception were cleansed,” writes Blake, “every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”
“The storeroom, the gate.”Yunmen is known for his pithy, incisive, and at times fierce style of teaching. But he does not want to mess with us. Really. He is presenting “his spleen and liver” with a grandmother’s generosity. He wants us to awaken, come to life, and enjoy and share the fruits.

What is your light? The salt, the sponge. Laughing, weeping. “Caw, caw, caw.” 
Joseph Bobrow


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  
January 2017
Wednesday 4 and 18
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
February 2017
Wednesday 1 and 15
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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