Friday, October 5, 2018

Abandoning the Ego

“Abandoning the ego is not sacrifice. Abandoning the ego means: receive everything. It is gain for the self and total gift for others. The two things remain inseparable.” - Master Taisen Deshimaru

The Way of True Zen. American Zen Association, 2002. (Available from the Dust Bowl Dojo Shop. Message to inquire about purchase.)
Close-up of Mokugyo by @zentokujoshin.

Contact us if you would like to benefit from meditation class instruction in Bakersfield.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


“We concentrate on only posture and breathing. We don’t have to figure out or think about Zen. Quiet the mind, and then things will come if we don’t run or grasp. Just sit quietly.” - Robert Livingston Roshi

Kusen: Oral Teaching, volume 2. American Zen Association, 1997.
Zafu and Rakusu by @zentokujoshin.

All are welcome for meditation class at the Dust Bowl Dojo. See our "Contact" page for details, and let us know if you plan on attending.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Interfaith Gathering

Thank you to Bakersfield Interfaith for organizing Saturday’s 21st Annual Bakersfield Interfaith Conference at CSUB, a tribute to Mahatma Ghandi celebrating his 150th birthday. The morning’s topic was, “Who is God? Is your God the same as my God?” What’s a Zen practitioner say to that?! I came up with something.
Discussing and sharing leads to more understanding. (L-R Dr. Shana Huq, Gary Enns of Zen Fellowship, Dr. Anil Mehta, Msgr. Perry Kavookjian, Dr. Bharati Shah.)

Join Zen Fellowship any Saturday for zazen (Zen meditation) instruction and practice in Bakersfield, California.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kusen by Robert Livingston

Some editing time. Kusen by Robert Livingston Roshi.

Bakersfield residents, join us for Zen meditation any Saturday morning. See our Contact page for times, directions, and other matters. To meditate in the Zen tradition is not difficult, but neither is it easy. It takes effort. One must experience it. The Zen Fellowship has created a space for Bakersfield locals to experience and practice Zen meditation.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Your Own Mind Is the Buddha

“As long as you look for a buddha somewhere else, you’ll never see that your own mind is the buddha.” - Bodhidharma
“Bloodstream Sermon.” The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma. Translated by Red Pine. North Point Press, 1987.
Photo and layout by @zentokujoshin.

All Bakersfield and Kern County residents are welcome to come learn to meditate in the Zen tradition. (Bakersfield Meditation, Meditate Bakersfield, Meditation Bakersfield, Zen Bakersfield)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Great Doubt

“At the bottom of great doubt lies great awakening. When you doubt fully, you awaken fully.” - Hakuin

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Zen Practice Family Day - 6 October 2018

We could all use some Zen in our lives—kids included! Bring family and friends to the Dust Bowl Dojo to learn Zen practice together. The morning includes
• Introduction to the dojo and zazen meditation
• Kids (5+ years) breakout session with lessons and crafts
• Child care (4- years) available with advance notice
• Adult session for additional meditation practice
• Heart Sutra ceremony with kids and adults together
• Refreshments – tea, cookies
Cost: free to public, donations accepted. All proceeds support the Zen Fellowship in its mission to promote Zen practice in the community.
Please let us know in advance if your child is in the 4-or-under age group to allow us time to schedule our child care provider.
Message with any questions. We look forward to practicing with you.

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