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. It is primarily a Zen meditation group, with weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings, and four-hour sittings every other weekend. Ezra comes to Santa Rosa once a month to lead the Sunday sitting, conduct interviews, and lead the weekly meeting (on Monday evening when Ezra is in town). He also is available for phone “interviews” at regular hours during the week. Once a year he conducts a weekend meditation retreat in Santa Rosa, co-taught with his wife and fellow Zen teacher, Elizabeth Hamilton.
This group is not Buddhist, although much of the teaching is consistent with Buddhism.
Those wishing to attend can contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In general, it is not a ‘drop-in’ group. Those deciding to practice in the group commit to coming regularly to scheduled events, as well as to maintaining a regular meditation practice.
Meditation instruction will be given to all new members.
Dues are $25 a month.
Attend to one more breath, notice one more thought, experience
one more sensation—again and again
Notice your ideals and expectations. Watch your habitual patterns. Observe your emotional reactions. See them for what they are. This is the path to transformation.