Clouds In Water Zen Center

 

A vibrant urban community in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition dedicated to awakening the heart of great wisdom and compassion

We welcome people of all backgrounds and faiths

 

Join us on Zoom for programs and regular meditation during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Advanced Council Facilitator Training – May 15

In this workshop, we will address the needs of group facilitators who are using council practice. We will use role play and discussion of scenarios to increase our skills. This workshop is open to those who have taken one of the workshops on council practice offered through Clouds in Water, or by permission of the instructor.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – May 22

This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community.

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Memorial Day Weekend Sesshin – May 27-30

This unique sesshin will include a blend of in-person outdoor Chi Gong and outdoor mindful walking with Zoom meditation, dharma talks, chanting and council practice. As with many of our Zoom-based sesshins, this sesshin is “open” in that you can choose your level of participation – one or more days, mornings only, or any combination.

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life – June 9-30

What is right speech? How do we deal with anger so we can live in integrity with our values? We will practice responding to ourselves and others with empathy. How to ask others for help in a clear way that doesn’t expect mind reading. We will practice saying “No” with loving kindness. We will practice transforming our anger into life serving needs.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – June 26

This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation.

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Classes

Dharma Talks

Let’s Talk About Zazen

Dharma talk by Taizan Alford on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

The Four Mantras

Dharma talk by Myoshin Diane Benjamin on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Buddhist Themes Through a BIPOC Lens

Dharma talk by Busshin Carol Iwata, Keika Karin San Juan, Marcus Young 楊墨, GyokuJun Didi Koka, Zenzele Isoke and Felicia Sy on Sunday, April 18, 2021. A panel of our Clouds in Water Race, Love and Liberation LAB, plus some of the facilitators of our Black, Indigenous and other People of Color Sitting Group, talk…

Reopening Clouds in Water

Dharma talk by Toku Cynthia Scott on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-04-04: The Place of Hope in Buddhist Practice

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, April 4, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-03-28: Refuge

Dharma talk by Shodo Spring on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Work-Practice opportunities at Mountains and Waters Alliance, April -June 2021. April-June, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

New To Zen Buddhism?

Learn about practicing at Clouds in Water and read some basic advice on meditation.

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