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Lions Roar : May 2012
A DIRECTORY OF MEDITATION, RETREAT, AND YOGA CENTERS SHAMBHALA SUN Network california AGAINST THE STREAM BUDDHIST MEDITATION SOCIETY 4300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029. (323) 665- 4300, Fax: (323) 665-4404, email@example.com, www.againstthestream.org • Founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against The Stream has two cen- ters in Los Angeles and Santa Monica offering weekly classes, daylong retreats, and special class series. CALIFORNIA TENDAI MONASTERY PO Box 811, Cobb, CA 95426. (707) 295-7733, keisho@ xprs.net, www.caltendai.org • Japanese Mantrayana. HOSHU-IN is the goma-do and daily life is modeled on SEKIZAN ZEN-IN in Kyoto. VK Leary Keisho, Abbot. DHAMMAKAYA MEDITATION CENTER OF SAN JOSE 19198 De Havilland Dr, Saratoga, CA 95070. (408) 490- 4448, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dmc.tv/en • Home of Dhammakaya Meditation in Northern California. Weekend Meditation classes and retreats. Sunday Buddhist ceremonies. Please contact us for details. FRESNO RIVER ZEN Unitarian Church, 2672 East Alluvial, Clovis, CA 93611. (559) 877-2400, Fax: (559) 877-4570, Fresno@emptynest zendo.org, www.emptynestzendo.org • Meditation and discussion Monday evening and Saturday mornings; Abbess Grace Schireson and Rev. Peter Schireson teach- ing. Retreats and Buddhist precepts. INSIGHTLA 1430 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404. (310) 774- 3325, www.insightla.org • InsightLA offers classes, sitting groups, retreats and special events dedicated to opening minds and hearts. Buddhist wisdom inspires all our pro- grams in Vipassana meditation and secular-mindfulness education in Los Angeles. JIKOJI ZEN CENTER 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033. (408) 741-9562, email@example.com, www.jikoji.org • Sunday program, work- shops, day-long sittings & sesshins. Available for group & individual retreats. Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi lineage. Resident teacher, Shoho Michael Newhall. Details on website. LAND OF MEDICINE BUDDHA 5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel, CA 95073. (831) 462-8383, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.landofmedicinebudha. org • Tibetan Buddhist Center, Study Programs, Workshops & Retreats, Facility Rentals, Guest Accomodation, Hiking Trails, Sauna, Bookstore, Santa Cruz County. LION’S ROAR DHARMA CENTER 1809 19th St, Ste A, Sacramento, CA 95811. (916) 565- 6314, Fax: (916) 492-9396, email@example.com, www.lionsroardharmacenter.org • LRDC provides medita- tion instruction and Dharma designed specifically for all level of practitioners with daily life commitments. Founder, Geshe Lobsang Gyatso. Director, Lama Yeshe Jinpa. LOS ANGELES SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 963 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041-1705. (323) 255-5472, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.la.shambhala.org • Free meditation instruction available: Sundays 9 am- noon, Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Extensive programs in Buddhist teachings and practice, Shambhala Training, and Contemplative Arts. For further information please call or check our website. LOST COIN ZEN San Francisco, CA 94117. (800) 731-5061, contact@lost coinzen.com, www.lostcoinzen.com • Modern, interna- tional Zen group. Koan study with Doen Sensei in person or by skype. Zazen. Weekly groups, retreats. Rooted in traditional practices, Lost Coin harnesses the power of “The Way” to remove barriers to seeing your true nature and to achieving goals and joy in everyday life. MODESTO VALLEY HEARTLAND ZEN GROUP Modesto Church of the Brethren, Rm 5, 2301 Woodland Ave, Modesto, CA 95358. (209) 535-6750, modesto@ emptynestzendo.org, www.modestozen.org • Zen medita- tion and teaching Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m . Zen Recovery group first Saturday monthly (9:30 - 11:00 a.m .) . PACIFIC ZEN INSTITUTE Based in Sonoma County, CA, and the San Francisco Bay area. (707) 544-0540, www.pacificzen.org • Meditation, Koan Study and the Arts. Weekly gatherings, regular semi- nars, seasonal long retreats. John Tarrant Roshi, Director. RANGJUNG YESHE GOMDE CALIFORNIA 66000 Drive Thru Tree Rd, PO Box 162, Leggett, CA 95585-0162. (707) 925-0201, email@example.com, www.gomdeusa.org • Dzogchen meditation and retreat center under the direction of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Teachings, study and practice with teachers in the Chokling Tersar lineage. RISSHO KOSEI-KAI INTERNATIONAL OF NORTH AMERICA DHARMA CENTERS 4255 Campus Dr, University Center A-245, Irvine, CA 02612. (949) 336-4430, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rkina.org • Founded in Toyko 1938. Bodhisattva practices: Sutra Study, Chanting, Calligraphy, Hoza, Meditation. Located in HI, CA, OR, WA, TX, CO, OK, IL OH, FL, NY. SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER SAN FRANCISCO/ SHARCHEN DZONG 1231 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103. (415) 796- 2507, email@example.com, www.sfshambhala.org • Newly opened! FREE MEDITATION & INSTRUCTION: Tues & Wed 7:30 pm-9 pm (Tuesday’s Beginner’s Night) & Sun 9 am-Noon (w/dharma talk). See website for classes. Shambhala Buddhist, Kagyu & Nyingma Teachings. TIBETAN NYINGMA INSTITUTE 1815 Highland Place, Berkeley, CA 94709. (510) 809- 1000, Fax: (510) 649-9774, nyingma-institute@nyingma. org, www.NyingmaInstitute.org • Home of Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye), Nyingma Psychology and the Time, Space, and Knowledge Vision. Offering retreats, workshops and classes. VAJRAPANI INSTITUTE FOR WISDOM CULTURE PO Box 2130, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. (800) 531-4001, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vajrapani.org • A meditation retreat center offering Tibetan Buddhist retreats and pri- vate meditation retreat cabins. Available to rent for your spiritual group. ZEN CENTER OF SAN DIEGO 2047 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109. (858) 273-3444, www.zencentersandiego.org • Teachers: Elizabeth Hamilton, Ezra Bayda. Daily sitting sesshins, teacher consultations. northwest CANYON MOUNTAIN CENTER 511 SE Hillcrest St, John Day, OR 97845. (541) 932-2725, email@example.com, www.bodysoulalignment.com • 91 SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2012 training season, friends asked what I had learned from my Zen master—himself now a hundred and five years old, though not a day over three years old at heart. Dur- ing our private meetings, I explained, my teacher shook my hand or hugged me, over and over. It was so basic, but what I learned was how to embrace and how to let go. This is the secret to life, I tried to explain. When to hold on, and when to let things pass. I went on and on, but I didn’t actually hug anyone. That’s where I went wrong. Young men know the answers to everything and the meaning of nothing. Now, instead of having a staged envi- ronment to support my practice, I will actually have to do what I had learned at the monastery in the real world. “Just make yourself master of every situation, and wherever you stand is the true place,” Zen master Rinzai said. I left the world and made a spiritual home at the monastery. Now it was time to leave the monastery and make a spiritual home in the world. I stand outside the meditation hall under a light night snowfall and perform some heavy breathing exercises, the kind that help me relax. Which is to say, I have a cigarette. I’m not a smoker, mind you. I quit that habit years ago. Yet here I am again, back where I started, puffing away and staring off into the same set of fabu- lously snowcapped mountains that greeted me when I first arrived at the monastery eight years and a full head of hair ago. Just yesterday the stooped septuagenar- ian at the post office had tilted her head up like a bird and shook her little freckled fist and exclaimed, “This mountain range is one of the fastest growing in the world, you know.” She’d told me this seven or eight times by now. “Amen!” I cry. Yet I never know what she means exactly. How can a mountain grow? If a mountain is growing, what isn’t? Is grow really the right word? I decide now that it is. It feels right to me. I can relate to these mountains. I feel their seismic shifts within. I know what they’re going through. ♦ SHOZAN JACK HAUBNER is a Zen practitioner and humorist.