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In response to the border crisis

Sangha & Inclusion, Service & EngagementGuiding TeacherComment

In memory of 7 year-old Jakelin Caal Maquín,

and all who have been or will be affected by her death

Jakelin Caal Maquín

Jakelin Caal Maquín

In these times,

 When those who come to the US southern border seeking safety are attacked with tear gas

 When children far from home sit in cells awaiting reunions with parents they may never see again

 And when the fear of too few resources and the feelings of overwhelm,

lead those who work and live at the border to harden their hearts and act with aggression

I am saddened and concerned

In these times,

 When the needs and desires of human beings are far out of balance with nature’s ability to provide

 When the pressure to create and hoard wealth leads to corruption, oppression, and violence around the world

 And when the concept of territory is harmful,

increasing divisiveness and the sense of separation in a world engulfed in climate crisis

I am saddened and concerned

Hearing the cries of the world, I offer this blessing:

 May we all be touched by these forms of suffering, and find loving kindness and compassion in our hearts

 May we all care for those who seek peace and safety for themselves and their children

 May we all share in the joy of those who have been able to create a better life for themselves

 May we all open our arms

 And may we receive all beings with eyes of equanimity

 May we all find balance within ourselves as beings supported by and made of Earth

 May we all realize that greed is a delusion that never leads to fulfillment, and find a boundless flow of generosity

 May we all quench the fires of violence, embracing those who are friendly, indifferent, or hostile, sharing the blessings of our lives

 And may we all cultivate minds as vast as the sky, relinquishing all that separates us and dwelling in peace together


En memoria de Jakelin Caal Maquín quien tenía 7 años de edad,

y todos los que han sido o serán afectados por su muerte

En esta época,

 Cuando los que vienen a la frontera del sur de los Estados Unidos en busca de seguridad son atacados con gas lacrimógeno

 Cuando los niños lejos de casa se sienten en las celdas esperando reuniones con padres que quizá nunca volverán a ver

 Y cuando el temor de la falta de recursos y el sentido de estar abrumado

conduce a los que trabajan y viven en la frontera a endurecer sus corazones y actuar con agresión

Estoy entristecida y preocupada

En esta época,

 Cuando las necesidades y deseos de los seres humanos están fuera de equilibrio con lo que la naturaleza puede proporcionar

 Cuando la presión para crear y acaparar la riqueza conduce a la corrupción, la opresión y la violencia en todo el mundo

 Y cuando el concepto del territorio es perjudicial

aumentando la división y el sentido de la separación en medio de un mundo envuelto en crisis climática

Estoy entristecida y preocupada

Escuchando los llantos del mundo, ofrezco esta bendición:

 Que todos nos sentiremos afectados por estas formas de sufrimiento, y conseguiremos el amor bondadoso y la compasión en nuestros corazones

 Que todos ofreceremos cuidado para aquellos que buscan la paz y la seguridad para sí mismos y sus hijos

 Que todos compartiremos en la alegría de los que hayan podido crear una vida mejor por sí mismos

 Que todos abriremos nuestros brazos

 Y recibiremos todos los seres con ojos de ecuanimidad

 Que todos encontremos el equilibrio en nosotros mismos como seres apoyados por y hecho de la Tierra

 Que todos nos demos cuenta de que la codicia es un engaño que nunca resultará en satisfacción, y encontraremos el flujo de generosidad ilimitado

 Que todos extinguiremos los fuegos de la violencia, abrazando a los que son amables, indiferentes, o hostiles, compartiendo las bendiciones de nuestras vidas

 Y que todos cultivaremos mentes tan vastas como el cielo, renunciando todo lo que nos separa y viviendo en paz juntos

Resources for those who want to respond

Border crisis 

Sacramento Immigration Coalition

https://www.facebook.com/SacImmigrantCoalition2015/

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

https://www.facebook.com/ciyja/?eid=ARC81ax56kwroER8eozVr49Ud0EUT3YGdfLGWyY7S5sVE-S8uGM0kQ030pO3ZRrz7VxydyYxYdjZplqY

East Bay Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights

https://icir-clue.blogspot.com/p/action.html?fbclid=IwAR27605rWp_LwpBNmgjuioNr22yvRnsU3lmkZI3CKwXAGSHDGC_8ZMRrvGc

WOLA Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

https://www.wola.org/programs/beyond-wall-resources-tools/

Climate crisis 

Extinction Rebellion

https://rebellion.earth/

Drawdown: Summary of Solutions

https://www.drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank


Imágenes del Ser - SFZC Online Dharma class in Spanish

Study & Arts, Sitting & Ritual, Sangha & InclusionGuiding TeacherComment

Con Ven. Dhammadipa (la Reverenda Konin Cardenas)

22 de octubre – 19 de noviembre

Este curso de el Centro Zen de San Francisco, en linea, se concentrará en el estudio del ser y del no-ser en medio de la vida contemporánea. Con el propósito de experimentar una práctica más amplia y clara, vamos a explorar juntos extractos del libro Mente Zen, Mente de Principiante de Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, además de enseñanzas de una variedad de Maestros de Zen, incluidos Dongshan Liangjie y Eihei Dogen.

El curso ofrece:

  • Cuatro Pláticas del Dharma, una cada semana

  • Cuatro reuniones virtuales, una hora en vivo cada semana

  • Acceso a un sitio web privado e interactivo

  • Un foro de discusión con Ven. Dhammadipa y los demás participantes

  • Lecturas suplementarias

  • Zendo virtual

    Regístrese aquí

Ekan Zen Study Center is in Transition

Sangha & Inclusion, Service & Engagement, Sitting & Ritual, Study & ArtsGuiding Teacher

Dear Dharma Friend,

The path of practice can be one of broad personal discovery and inner transformation. This has certainly been true for our Guiding Teacher who, as you may already know, has reached back to the roots of Zen tradition to embrace early Buddhist monasticism and the practice of the Vinaya. Now Reverend Konin Cardenas is also known as Venerable Dhammadipa. She has committed to long-term residential training at Aloka Vihara, a women's monastery in California, practicing the Theravada Forest Tradition of the West.

These changes are reflected in Ven. Dhammadipa’s practice, in the breadth of her teachings, and in the precepts she is now following. While she continues to offer teachings primarily focused on the Zen tradition, she is also teaching early Buddhism together with her Dhamma Sisters at Aloka Vihara.

Ven. Dhammadipa is now largely supported by the Saranaloka Foundation, which is financially responsible for all of the nuns at the vihara. Her basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, and dental care are provided for by donors to the monastery. Her personal needs for travel and other minor expenses are provided for by her family. These changes are in accord with the Vinaya training precept of not handling money, which Ven. Dhammadipa has taken.

To reflect these changes, over the next few months, the EkanZenStudyCenter.org site will change to Dhamma-Dipa.com, a site that will be Ven. Dhammadipa's personal online presence. Her audio and video archives, blog posts, and personal teaching calendar will be available there. Ekan Zen Study Center will no longer exist as a 501(c)3 non-profit, and the corporation will be dissolved at the end of 2018. The donation page on the Dhamma-Dipa.com site will reflect new information about how to contribute a tax-deductible donation to the Saranaloka Foundation, for Venerable Dhammadipa or for the monastery in general.

The Ekan Zen Study Center Board of Directors fully supports Ven. Dhammadipa’s current path of practice, and your continued relationship with her and her teachings. We encourage you to grow your relationship with her. Should you have any questions or concerns our contact information is below, and we welcome hearing from you.

Together we affirm the mutual support that arises when practicing the Way together, intimately. May it continue, for the benefit of all beings!

With abiding support for your awakening life,

Norma Fogelberg, President

Rev. Choro Antonaccio, Treasurer

Rev. Konin Cardenas, Guiding Teacher/Secretary