The purpose of the Santa Rosa Zen Group is to provide a context in which people can learn what it takes to wake up from the self-centered dream we all live in. The primary tool is meditation, but almost equal emphasis is given to how we can find clarity and equanimity within the high-speed confusion of everyday life.In order to live the more open and genuine life we all desire, the following qualities are emphasized:
Stillness: learning how to settle down in mind and body;
The SRZG was founded by Ezra Bayda in 1995 as an offshoot of his practice at Zen Center San Diego. He visits Santa Rosa from time to time. The group is primarily a Zen meditation group, with weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings, and sittings twice a month on Sundays from 9am to noon. Longer sittings are scheduled throughout the year. Diane Moore is the practice leader and conducts 1-to-1 interviews, provides beginner instruction, and gives talks at the Sunday sittings.
This group is not Buddhist, although much of the teaching is consistent with Buddhism. The focus of the practice is on growing compassion for self and others.
Those wishing to attend can contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Those deciding to practice in the group commit to coming regularly to scheduled sittings, as well as to maintaining a regular meditation practice.
Meditation instruction will be given to all new members.
Dues are $25 a month.
Gratitude is one of the essential aspects of being truly happy, because if we’re not grateful for what we have, we will always want life to be different from what it is—a demand that will surely guarantee our unhappiness.