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Lions Roar : July 2006
california CHOKLING TERSAR FOUNDATION, RANGJUNG YESHE GOMDE USA 66000 Drive Thru Tree Rd, PO Box 162, Leggett, CA 95585-0162. (707) 925-0201, Fx: 925- 6041; email@example.com; www.choklingtersar.org; www. gomdeusa.org • Retreat center of the Chokling Tersar lin- eage of Tibetan Buddhism. DAVIS SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 133 “D” St, Suite H, Davis, CA 95616. (530) 758-1440; davis_ firstname.lastname@example.org; www.davisshambhala.org • Meditation practice and study in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala Training traditions. Contemplative prac- tices of ikebana, poetry and tai chi. DEEP STREAMS ZENDO & INSTITUTE 121 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 487-8742; www. deepstreams.org • Zen practice in a contemporary key with Joseph Bobrow Roshi. Mindfulness & koan practice in the Aitken-Roshi tradition. Workshops integrating Buddhism, psychology and the arts; mentoring and medi- tation with youth. INFINITE SMILE SANGHA PO Box 636, Lafayette, CA 94549. (925) 283-8292; email@example.com; www. infinitesmile.org • Through our meetings, retreats, and podcasts, Infinite Smile Sangha endeavors to integrate a relevant spirituality with 21st century living. JEWEL HEART SAN FRANCISCO CENTER (415) 248- 2656; www.jewelheart.org • Tibetan Buddhism: instruction, meditation, retreats. Gelek Rinpoche, spiritual director. LAND OF MEDICINE BUDDHA 5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel, CA 95073. (831) 462-8383 Fx: 462-8390; lmb@ medicinebuddha.org; www.medicinebuddha.org • Tibetan Buddhist Center, Study Programs, workshops & retreats, Facility Rentals, Guest Accomodations, Hiking Trails, Swimming Pool & Sauna, Bookstore. Santa Cruz County. LION’S ROAR MANDALA 3550 Watt Ave, Ste 2, Sacramento, CA 95821. (916) 481-0424; info@lionsroar mandala.org; www.lionsroarmandala.org • Lama Tongnyom (Steve Walker); Tibetan Buddhism, meditation instruc- tion, retreats, weekly practice schedule. LOS ANGELES SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 8218 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048. (323) 653-9342; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://la.shambhala.org • Free medita- tion instruction available: Sundays 9am-noon, Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm. Extensive pro- grams in Buddhist teachings and practice, Shambhala Training and Contemplative Arts. For further informa- tion please call or check our website. MANZANITA VILLAGE PO Box 67, Warner Springs, CA 92086. (760) 782-9223 Fx: 782-0655; www.manzanita village.org • Center based on Mindfulness teachings (Vipassana and Zen), Deep-Ecology and Nonviolence . . . for Healing the Individual, Society and the Earth. Caitriona Reed and Michele Benzamin-Miki. MOUNT MADONNA CENTER 445 Summit Rd, Watson- ville, CA 95076. (408) 847-0406 Fx: 847-2683; programs@ mountmadonna.org; www.mountmadonna.org • 355 Acres, accomodating 15 to 500, vegetarian, trails, courts, lake, massage, hot tub, yoga community. MOUNTAIN STREAM MEDITATION CENTER PO Box 4362, Auburn, CA 95604. email@example.com; www. mtstream.org • John Travis, Teacher; Weekly Vipassana Practice in Nevada City and other Sierra Foothill Locations; Retreats; Meditation Classes. RIGPA (toll free) 1-866-200-5876; www.rigpa.org • Offering courses and retreats under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Local groups in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Truckee. SAN FRANCISCO SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 1630 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116. (415) 731-4426; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sfshambhala.org • Offers Buddhist (Kagyü/Nyingma) and Shambhala train- ing (secular) programs. SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER 300 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 863-3136 Fx: 431-9920; www. sfzc.org • Founded by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Residential practice and public programs. SHAMBHALA MEDITATION GROUP OF SAN DIEGO 4060 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92103. (619) 692-2148; email@example.com; www.shambalasandiego. org • Group sitting session is on Sunday from 10:00am to 11:00am, followed by refreshments and a book dis- cussion until 12:00pm. There is also a monthly Open House at 7:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every month and a group sitting session on all other Wednesday eve- nings at 7:00pm. Free meditation instruction is avail- able as well as Shambhala Training and Buddhist Study classes. See the Center’s website for a schedule of all activities. SONOMA MOUNTAIN ZEN CENTER 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. (707) 545-8105 Fx: 545-9508; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.smzc.net • Jakusho Kwong Abbot, rural resident training, sesshins, guest pro- gram, workshops. SONOMA SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 255 West Napa, Ste “G,” Sonoma, CA 95476. (707) 935-6333; email@example.com; www.sonomashambhala.org • Free meditation instruction Sundays 9am Tuesdays 7pm. Children’s programs, buddhist studies, Shambhala Training, contemplative arts. SUKHASIDDHI FOUNDATION PO Box 151327, San Rafael, CA 94915-1327. (415) 482-9208; admin@sukha siddhi.org; www.sukhasiddhi.org • Classes and retreats in Vajrayana Buddhism, 6-year study program begins March 2006. THREE TREASURES ZEN COMMUNITY PO Box 720896, San Diego, CA 92129. (760) 745-4249; geary firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ttzc.org • Zen Training. Roshi Nicolee Jikyo McMahon; Senseis Jake Jiyu Gage, Barry Kaigen McMahon. VAJRAPANI INSTITUTE PO Box 2130, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. (831) 338-6654 Fx: 338-3666; vajrapani@ vajrapani.org; www.vajrapani.org • Beautiful Tibetan Buddhist retreat center. Courses, retreats, private cabins with vegetarian meal delivery, group rentals, blessed set- ting. Gelugpa lineage. ZEN CENTER OF LOS ANGELES / BUDDHA ESSENCE TEMPLE 923 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006. (213) 387-2351; email@example.com; www.zcla.org • Sesshin, intensive practice periods, classes & workshops, liturgy, council practice. ZEN CENTER OF ORANGE COUNTY 120 East 18th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. (949) 722-7818 Fx: 631-8891; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.zcoc.org • Regular sitting schedule, intensives, introductory workshops, beginners’ classes, counselling. ZEN CENTER OF SAN DIEGO 2047 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109. (858) 273-3444; www.ordinarymind. org • Teachers: Elizabeth Hamilton, Ezra Bayda. Daily sit- ting, sesshins, teacher consultations. northwest BUCKHORN SPRINGS 2200 Buckhorn Springs Rd, Ashland, OR 97520. (541) 488-2200; bruce@buckhorn springs.org; www.buckhornsprings.org • Historic Mineral Springs Resort within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. A DIRECTORY OF MEDITATION, RETREAT AND YOGA CENTERS SHAMBHALA SUN Network SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2006 105 in any case, she says, “I don’t care about the label. I care whether I can do the work of the dharma. I seem to be able to talk about mind and body and love and healing, and integrate Buddhism into places where Buddhism doesn’t normally go.” hooks likes to talk about “seasons of life,” and help her students learn to make choices that are not absolute—I am a this or a that forever—but that go along with the season. So, what would bell hooks like to do with her next sea- son, this season of balancing and ap- preciating the earth? “I would like to spend more time than I already am helping individuals resolve the diffi- culties in their lives through love,” she says. “I would like to bring the work of mindfulness and awareness to ev- eryday struggles. The most important field of activism, particularly for black people, is mental health. Activism does not need to be some kind of organized ‘against’ protest. When my students say they want to change the world, I espouse an inward to outward move- ment. If you feel that you can’t do shit about your own reality, how can you really think you could change the world? And guess what? When you’re fucked-up and you lead the revolution, you are probably going to get a pretty fucked-up revolution.” hooks loves houses. She likes to renovate them and make them beau- tiful, and when it comes to summing up what she’s about, that’s the image she chooses. “For a house to be truly beautiful it has to have a strong foun- dation,” she says. “For us, that means finding the ground of our being, the place where we discover ourselves. Our foundation of self-invention does not preclude community. In genuine community there is lots of difference. We all make our contribution from a place of difference, not sameness. It is difficult to find the place where differ- ence can exist in a context of harmony, where it is not necessary to dominate, but that is our foundation, the ground of our being. It’s where we start.” ♦