Hi Friends,

Many of us will gather together today at these two events with our neighbors, to show solidarity, strength and hope. I particularly invite you to the afternoon’s Interfaith Unity Service, where Roshi Rachel will offer a reading from the Buddhist tradition, and I’ll offer a few words as a Unitarian Universalist Minister. 

1.  Women’s March (for all people!)
12:00 - 1:30 
Santa Rosa City Hall
https://www.facebook.com/events/1749972928661468/

2. Interfaith Unity Service
3:00 - 4:00
Center for Spiritual Living
https://www.facebook.com/events/110259042812808/

I hope to see you at one or both!

Blessings,
Chris 
REFUGE CLASSES & RAKUSU SEWING 
Tea & Comfort ~ Reflection & Sewing

Saturdays 8:30–11:30am 
Open to everyone
Discussion 8:30–9:30am  
Sewing 9:30–11:30am

January 14
February 11
March 11
April 15

Homemade pastries provided
Yulupa Commons
by reservation Linda@prolx.biz
$10 suggested donation
Monday Night Meditation

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen



December

5 Rev. Chris Bell, Head of Practice
12 Gary Brandt, Practice Leader
19 Rachel Mansfield-Howlett, Roshi
26 Closed
January
2 Closed
9 Michelle Brandt, Sensei
16 Rachel Mansfield-Howlett, Roshi (Martin Luther King Day)
23 Deanna Hopper, Practice Leader
30 Rev. Chris Bell, Head of Practice


Monday Night Meditation October

3   Rachel Mansfield-Howlett Roshi
10  Rev. Christopher Bell
17  Michelle Brandt
24  Rachel Mansfield-Howlett Roshi
31  Closed
Deepening autumn
My neighbor
How does he live, I wonder?
Matsuo Basho
Translation, RH Blyth
Buddha's Birthday Luncheon & Sweet Tea Ceremony in the Vineyard
Sunday May 1 1:30-4:30pmLocation: Vikki's in SebastopolDirections provided upon RSVP (gbrandt@sonic.net)
Music: Kalei Kamanoha
Ceremony at 2:00pm

Menu:
Local bread and cheese
Barbecued chicken
Mike's Really Fine Beans
Greens Salad
Mike's Home Cured Olives
Rachel's Carmelized Onions
Vikki's Strawberry Shortcake and whipped cream

Suggested Donation: $10
Friends and Family welcome, just let us know how many

WHAT TO BRING:

Your own beverage
Sun protection
Optional: Flowers to place on the Baby Buddha Flower Bower








A YEAR AT A GLANCE
CityZen Monday Night Meditation
Monthly Themes

SPRING
March – ZEN 101 – What Zen Is and Isn’t
April – Awakening – It’s Always Happening
May – Developing a Personal Practice – The Essentials

SUMMER
June – Investigating Koans
July – Ease – A Natural way of Practice
August – Dharma – It’s Everything We Meet

FALL
September – Taking Refuge ­– The Vows of Character
October – Remembrance – The Ancestors: Asian, American and Women
November ­– Gratitude – Lucky Lucky Life

WINTER
December – Emptiness – The Big Zero
January – Contemplative Practices for the Winter Season
Februrary – Working with Difficulty


Meditation Instruction is offered on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30pm or by appointment at gbrandt@sonic.net