AZC Community Council Meeting

Saturday, October 17th @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am (in lieu of Dharma Talk)

Now that we’ve been living for some time amidst this strange new world characterized by covid19, civic unrest, undeniable climate change, social distancing/isolation, and ongoing political polarization, how do we – individually and collectively – take care of and sustain our practice and the practice of being a sangha? What support do we need? What support can we give? What are we struggling with? What gives us hope? How do we not turn away? How may our vow to live for the benefit of ALL BEINGS be enacted? While we especially encourage all of our members & supporters to join us in this community-wide council meeting, we welcome everyone who is interested in exploring these questions and our Sangha to join.
Please Note: the style of meeting draws from the Way of Council structure, which specifically focuses on deep listening. We ask that everyone read the linked description ahead of the meeting. 
Come listen to, and if inclined – speak with, your fellow community members as we individually & collectively share what is most on our hearts and minds – from our own zen practice. 
For this Community Council Meeting we will reflect on the question: 

How does our zen practice support ourselves, our community, our temple, and the world?

Join us on Saturday, October 17th for a Community Council Meeting, immediately following our regular schedule of zazen. The Council Meeting will begin promptly at 10am with a review of our meeting guidelines. ALL are WELCOME!

ABOUT COUNCIL (from Center of Council): 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 personal stories and experiences (rather than opinions), and listen actively and 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.
By fostering attentive listening and authentic expression, Council builds positive relationships between participants and neutralizes hierarchical dynamics formed by the inequality of status, race, or other social factors. It supports a deep sense of community and fosters recognition of a shared humanity and interconnectedness.  It enables individuals to give voice to their stories, develop mutual respect, cultivate a compassionate response to anger, defensiveness, and violence, as well as strengthen emotional health and resilience.