About Santa Rosa Zen Group
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. In a ceremony on July 23rd, 2016 Ezra Bayda and Elizabeth Hamilton acknowledged Diane Moore as a teacher, and as the new leader of the Santa Rosa Zen Group.
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 gives dharma talks and offers daisan at Sunday Sittings and longer Practice Intensives. In addition, she meets with students at her home in Kenwood by appointment..
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.
Membership Dues are $25 a month.
Diane Moore, Teacher
Diane Moore has been practicing meditation with Ezra Bayda since 1995 and is one of the original members of the Santa Rosa Zen Group. She was authorized as the group's teacher by Ezra Bayda and Elizabeth Hamilton in 2016.
Diane was drawn to meditation practice after many years of working with hospice and end-of-life care, where she discovered the deep satisfaction of being present to dying patients and their families. Her teaching reflects a commitment to expanding awareness and compassion for self and others. Students are encouraged to diligently and tenderly explore their mental, physical and environmental experiences and recognize what gets in the way of the open heart.
Practice techniques include a simple Zen breath-awareness meditation practice, as well as tools for bringing forward self-awareness in everyday life circumstances. In addition, Diane offers daisan (practice guidance) interviews to students at Sunday sittings, day-long practice intensives, sesshins (retreats), or by appointment at her Kenwood residence.
Diane's teachings are rooted in the books listed below: