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Visit with Wendy Egyoku Nakao
This weekend, ZCP hosted what felt to me and others to be a very successful conversation with Wendy Egyoku
Nakao from Zen Center Los Angeles. She was with us for 3 hours and helped guide us through a kind of “circle
council”, a process her community has used to heal from great turmoil. The conversation was very energetic,
and left myself and others feeling hopeful.
Council is an age-old practice that involves bringing people together in a circle to bear witness and share
authentically. Participants agree to speak one-at-a-time, sharing their personal stories and experiences, rather
than opinions, and listening non-judgmentally while others do the same. Sharing and listening to universal
stories about love, loss, fear, triumph, challenge, hope and other experiences enables participants to recognize
that, despite our many differences, we have much in common.
This TED talk The Power of Listening – An Ancient Practice for Our Future: Leon Berg , founding member of the
Ojai Foundation, which developed the Guidelines for Council, attached to this email.TED talk link.
This process is a remarkable tool to for our community to move forward in what Wendy described as an
ongoing process. As she said there is no time limit for healing and moving forward.
Practice Circle gives us the opportunity to:
· to facilitate the “getting to know each other” process of a group, aiming to the inclusion of all its
· to create and strengthen personal relationships;
· to create opportunities of reflection and learning, both in an individual and in a group context;
· to improve communicative competences;
· to develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and connection to other people through the process of
sharing our own personal stories;
Karma has sent out a survey to the 19 people who attended that meeting that will help us determine how we’ll
move forward in creating a Core Group or Core Circle to ‘hold this process’ of transition ” from a teacher-focused
vertical structure to an all-inclusive model that embraces a sangha-oriented horizontal structure .” (quote from
ZCLA website link here). From this, we will have an opportunity to dialogue as a community about forming a
new leadership structure and stewardship and transition committee .
As a follow to our meeting with Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Karma Forbes will be sending out a survey within the
next 10 days, to solicit your thoughts on a planning meeting with regard to a initiating an ongoing Core
Group/Circle and adopting use of the Ojai Foundation Council Guidelines and other tools used by Zen Center
Los Angeles. Please watch your inbox for that survey.
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 3 to 6 PM for the inaugural gathering of the
ZCP Core Group/Circle. The meeting is set to be held at Taborspace.
Participation in this group is open to any ZCP member and participation is ongoing and welcome at any
meeting. The core will emerge from those members who are able to attend regularly. As mentioned above, a
Core Group or Core Circle will become a vehicle for processing, relationship building and consensus decision
making as we move from a teacher-focused vertical structure to an all-inclusive model that embraces a
sangha-oriented horizontal structure.
Please watch for Karma’s survey over the next few days.
Board Member Announcement
The ZCP Board of Directors is announcing that Mike Papas has stepped down as Secretary but continues as a
voting member of the ZCP Board. Additionally, the Board has accepted resignation from of Tony Glenn as
Treasurer. Consistent with ZCP Bylaws, and the urgency of the matter, the Board at the January 13, 2018
meeting made a motion and passed appointing Julia Bergen as Board Secretary. Additionally, the Board
assigned Treasurer duties to Thomas Miller, along with Communications and Web Site responsibilities.
Board meetings are open to all members, per ZCP Bylaws. These meetings can be attended in person or drop-in
via zoom web conference.
Board Meeting Announcement
The ZCP Board will be holding our next Board meeting on Saturday, January 20 from 4 to 6 PM. The location
and an invitation to attend via Zoom will be sent out later this week.
I am grateful for the opportunity to offer stewardship and service to ZCP as Board President. We as a
community have a lot of work ahead of us to successfully shape the future of ZCP. The Board cannot do this on
our own. We seek input, dialogue, stewardship and participation from our community. Please feel free to use
surveys, meetings, email, Facebook and personal conversations to continue offering your thoughts on
transition, stewardship and leadership, and mostly, what you can offer to keep our community alive.
What is alive in you right now?
With much appreciation.
Dave Ebaugh, ZCP President