Jizo Ceremony for Parents of Children Who Have Died – May 21

In Japan, Jizo Bodhisattva is the “guardian of children who have died.”  Sometimes called a Water Baby Ceremony, this is a ceremony for a loss of a child. This is a modified version for our present-day culture of a traditional ceremony that has been around since the Edo Period of Japan.

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Intro to Meditation & Zen Buddhism – May 21

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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Sangha Council Practice/Listening Sessions – May 26

The board and the teacher-ryo would like to create more opportunities to build a stronger community. Therefore, for the next several months, we will hold sangha council practice meetings. Also known as talking circles, these meetings are an opportunity to share from the heart your hopes and concerns for Clouds, and for the board and teachers to listen deeply and answer questions that may arise.

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Meeting Our Zen Mother Ancestors – June 8-29

We chant the names of our women Buddhist ancestors at sesshin and services, but how much do we know about them beyond their names? This class will look more closely into the lives and circumstances of some of these ancestors from India, China, Japan, and North America. We will also explore stories from The Hidden Lamp: Stories From Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women and discover how their teaching can inform our practice today.

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Queer Dharma Morning – June 11

Queer Dharma Morning  – A retreat for LGBTQIA & TS people to practice together in the tradition of Zen Buddhism lead by and in the company of others in the queer community.

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Intro to Meditation & Zen Buddhism – June 18

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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Sangha Council Practice/Listening Sessions – June 25

The board and the teacher-ryo would like to create more opportunities to connect with members in order to build a stronger community. Therefore, for the next several months, we will hold sangha council practice meetings. Also known as talking circles, these meetings are an opportunity to share from the heart your hopes and concerns for Clouds, and for the board and teachers to listen deeply and answer questions that may arise.

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