As President of the Monterey Bay Zen Center Board I like to provide a recap of the year. The annual winter sesshin was extended an additional day, which provides both a more flexible practice opportunity like day-only participation and a more intensive practice for those who commit to the full four-day event.
Brown Bag Zen continues to meet at St. James Church. This less formal sitting group introduces a wider community to Zen meditation. Multiple opportunities for zazen meditation are available in Carmel Valley, with Carmel Valley Zendo, Sara Hunsaker; Chicken Coop Zendo with Phyllis Conlan, and Mountains and Rivers with Patricia Wolff. Ordinary Recovery, one of the first additions to our regular schedule, continues to meet community needs and is led by Robert Reese.
This year the board chose to provide some support for the prison outreach that Shogen Danielson offers. He also leads “Fearless Fathers,” which looks at fatherhood through the lens of Zen practice. And, of course, we celebrated sangha (community) with the Under One Roof party and Breakfast with Poetry. [Please see the back calendar page for events details.]
If you have ideas or want to know how you can help with Sangha practice and building of community, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, the most important contribution is to just show up. I look forward to practicing with you in the coming year.
Jana Clark, President
Monterey Bay Zen Center
Board of Directors