Schedule

Welcome to Two Streams Zen Farm

263 Main Road, Route 66, Westhampton, MA 01027-9682 USA

Sowing Seeds of Awakening…Cultivating Fearless Intimacy…Harvesting Peace

ZEN, TRAUMA, AND EMBODIED SOCIAL JUSTICE

Friday, 27th from 7:30 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, 28th from 9 am to 5 pm
(The Zendo opens for Zazen at 7 pm Friday and at 8 am on Saturday)

Zen has long been seen as good medicine for the suffering of ourselves and the world around us. This experiential retreat weaves foundational Zen teachings with modern methods of clearly seeing, and confidently healing, our trauma experiences.

Responding to the imminent call for social justice action that is both sustainable and celebratory, demands from each of us an embodied manifestation of ancient Wisdom teachings, knowledge and application of the current neuroscience of survival, and a skillful and wise view of the historical impact of Legacy trauma.

Our time together, grounded in Zazen and co-led by the Guiding teachers, will introduce participants to an understanding of how trauma lives in our individual and collective biology and how in these times of societal chaos being embodied is, in an of itself, a revolutionary act.

Requested Donation sliding scale $88 to $180
Vegetarian lunch provided

Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, October 25 to: http://temples@twostreamszen.org 

AUTUMN PRACTICE SCHEDULE

October 17, 24 & 31: Bodhisattva Precepts Study from 7 to 8:30 pm

(8 Tuesdays through 5 December.  Attendance at all sessions required)

October 21: Silent Community Work Practice: Applied Zazen as Integral to Zen training

Starting with Zazen at 9 am – Practice ends at 4 pm

Full day attendance requested – Lunch provided

October 27-28: Zen, Trauma and Embodied Social Justice

Friday from 7:30 to 9 pm & Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (Zendo opens for Zazen 8 am)

November 4: Wisdom Salon

November 7, 14, 21, & 28: Continuing Bodhisattva Precepts Study from 7 to 8:30 pm

November 18: Silent Community Work Practice: Applied Zazen as Integral to Zen training

Starting with Zazen at 9 am – Practice ends at 4 pm

Full day attendance requested – Lunch provided

December 2: One-day Sesshin – Prelude to Awakening

From 5 am to 9 pm – Full day attendance required

Breakfast & Supper provided, please bring Bag Lunch

December 5: Concluding Bodhisattva Precepts Study from 7 to 8:30 pm

December 7-8: Rohatsu Observance – Sitting with Siddhartha Gautama

From 8 pm Thursday through 8 am Friday

The Practice  of Dana Paramita at Two Streams Zen

At Two Streams Zen the teachings are offered freely as it has been since the time of the Buddha (the teacher). Please consider the value of the teachings and the teachers who offer them. Traditionally, in the spirit of interdependence, in turn a community (the Sangha) supports the Dharma (the teachings) by offering monetary gifts to teachers and temples in appreciation for receiving teachings and in recognition of the years of training and understanding teachers have cultivated. To the degree your heart is touched by the teachings, the teachers, the community and the practices offered at Two Streams Zen, please consider offering a gift of gratitude of any amount that feels appropriate to you. Your offering is a large part of what supports the teachers. Dana, a Sanskrit/Pali word that means generosity or giving, is an essential Buddhist practice.

RESPONSE TO CHARLOTTESVILLE AND BEYOND

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now.  We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life; longevity has its place.
But I’m not concerned about that now.  I just want to do God’s will.  And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land!
And so I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I am not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (3 April 1968)

Dear Community,

We are here for you during these unprecedented and insane times of profound cultural, social and political turmoil. Present current events offer each of us a complex challenge to embody and practice ALL of the Wisdom traditions’ spiritual teachings.

The temples at Two Streams Zen Farm are open to you and all for comfort, support, reflection and companionship as we meet what has arisen–and will continue to erupt–in the nation.

Please come for spiritual respite, a cup of tea, sitting by the pond, walking the temple grounds allowing the sounds of the birds, the stream, and the wind-in-the-trees to hold you, or silence in the Zendo.

Yours in the Dharma,
Ryūmon and Anraku

WARM-HAND TO WARM-HAND PRACTICES

Contemplative Somatic Wellness™ Training and mentoring of young adult activists–in particular those from underrepresented communities–in a holistic and integrative somatic immersion apprenticeship aligning Zen teachings and training, the healing of Transgenerational (Legacy) trauma, and Embodied Social Justice.

B-Coming Ur Own BFF: Learning to Meditate with KindnessIndividual or group introductory class to the practice of sitting meditation for all levels of seekers.

Call to Action in Response to Charleston and Beyond – Facilitated gatherings for white Dharma practitioners who identify as social activists and are seeking to respond with conscious compassion to the suffering caused by the unexamined legacy of white privilege, power, rank, and racism.

White-On-White Gatherings – Intra-group gatherings for Dharma practitioners and social change activists uncovering and renegotiating Whiteness and uncoupling the unconscious patterns that perpetuate our suffering as white people (by invitation).

COMMUNITY OFFERINGS

Trauma-informed somatic-based spiritual counseling, Precepts and Koan study, Zen training, Death Cafe, Hospice visits, Emotional Support Animals, environmental blessings, ritual cleansing, weddings and funerals. 



One-to-one meetings with the guiding teachers are available for those seeking to establish a meditation practice or seeking counsel for life issues as they relate to stepping onto, deepening and sustaining a spiritual life.  All sessions are 45 minutes in length. Experienced Zen students may request to meet in terms of their formal training and the student arranges to arrive for a minimum of one hour of Zazen prior to the meeting. The teachings and guidance are always freely given. Traditionally, a gift is offered in return.