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3/24/2018 – Core Group Notes

ZCP Combined Board and Core Group Meeting 3/24/18 In attendance: Julia Bregren, Thomas Miller, Daryl (Karuna) Eigen, Phyllis Richardson General discussion points: Ideas to increase Saturday participation             * Senior practitioner talks             * Continue with podcasts, communicate topic beforehand to community             * Guest teachers             * End Council Circle on Saturdays, unless requested Challenges in letting ZCP just “fall apart”             * Dissolution is a legal process             …Read More

Jan 18, 2018 Board Announcements

Board Meeting Announcement This is to confirm the location of the Saturday (1/20/2018 at 4:30pm), ZCP Board Meeting will be at Thomas Millers residence. You may also attend the meeting anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 PM via zoom conferencing. Zoom conferencing number: By Telephone: 669 900 6833 or 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 463 322 5251 Or Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4633225251 You may also join us at the location below: …Read More

Invitation-ZCP Core Group Formation

Dear Friends, [What is alive in me in this moment?] excitement, apprehension, curiosity 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 …Read More

ZCP 2017 Annual Membership Meeting Announcement

ZCP Annual Membership Meeting Announcement December 9, 2017 at 10:00am Dear members of the Zen Center of Portland community,  You are invited to attend the Zen Center of Portland’s annual membership meeting on Saturday, December 9 (this date was chosen by members using the Surveymonkey tool that had been emailed earlier this month). The meeting will be held at the Zen Center following the morning meditation session and will begin at 10 AM. The main …Read More

What is Practice Circle?

ZCP has been practicing “Council”  for the last year; during retreats, extended sits, and at time when the community/Sangha has  wanted to listen to each other on certain issuers or concerns as expressed by the community. What is it? How is ZCP incorporating Council into practice? The following comes from Council Guidelines, being used by ZCP senior practitioners facilitating Practice Circle. (taken from “The Way of Council, by The Ojai Foundation, Ojai, CA”) THE WAY …Read More

Nov. 11, 2017 Community Council and Board Mtg Notes

ZCP Business Meeting 11-11-17 Notes  (With our apologies if this seems a little incoherent in places. It was a long meeting and the following contains contributions from multiple people – Alan) About 25 people participated in the Business Meeting from about 10:15 am to a little after 12:00 pm. Welcome. Alan Shusterman opened with a statement of welcome and gratitude for all the people who chose to stay after the morning meditation and attend this …Read More

Discussion on Dark Side of Practice

NOTE: This is the first TEST/Experiment of the new ZCP Discussion Board. This is only available to verified ZCP Members. January 15, 2016 Discussion I want to thank every one who reviewed the email article I sent by email January 15, 2016. The Dark Knight It is special that so many practitioners shared their experiences and view on such question the article and my personal experiences have revealed. Hilary, Mike, Brandon, Bill, Paul, Ron, Larry, …Read More