Compassionate Communication Workshop

Bodhi Oak Zen Sangha is delighted to offer the foothill community a three-day workshop entitled “Compassionate Communication – A Language of Life” based on the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.  NVC is widely used...

Zen Practice: The Teacher-Student Relationship

This blog is the first of a series that will address aspects of Zen practice   One of the most important aspects of Zen practice is the teacher-student relationship. When people first start Zen practice, they usually come to the Center for meditation instruction...

Zen and Aging

Some years ago, when Ram Dass was 80, he said, “When I was 65, I wrote a book about aging. What did I know?” I wrote this talk in 2014, as I was turning 70. What did I know? One thing I know now is that aging is unpredictable and always changing. That shouldn’t be...

Becoming Compassion

Recently, we concluded our first residential retreat, “The Bodhisattva Way”, led by my teacher, Baika Andrea Heaton, with our Affiliated Mountain Sanghas, Mt Diablo Zen Group of Pleasant Hill, California, and Facing the Mountain Zen Group of Reno, Nevada. This is a...

Statement of Ethics

The Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) requires that all members adopt a statement of ethics.  Here I am attaching the Statement of Ethics that I have signed on behalf of Bodhi Oak Zen Sangha, detailing the basis of my personal ethical vows, specifically as...