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Some Definitions – A Small Glossary

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Often there are terms used in the practice of Zen that need some defining. Here at Sweetwater Zen Center you’ll often hear us say:

Zazen – Zazen is Zen meditation. You’ll find much more information in the Zen Practice area of our website:

Council – a group practice of  listening and speaking from the heart. We generally practice council each Wednesday evening, and during Sesshin. You can learn more about Council and how we practice it at:

Sesshin is a Zen intensive retreat. Find out more at:

Jikido is the timekeeper for Zen practice.


You Didn’t Miss It After all!

October 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Ever missed one of Seisen Roshi’s dharma talks, or one by Eko? How about a special event like a talk by Bernie Glassman or Genro Roshi?

There is a good selection of talks on Youtube, as the one below demonstrates:

Just go to and in the search box, type: sweetwater zen center

You can choose from there.

Also, just in case you missed it, there are podcasts or audio recordings of many of the dharma talks on our website.

From the home page choose: Resources

Then choose Dharma talks and you’ll be presented with a selection.

Or use this link:

Generally speaking just click on the link you want, and assuming your speakers are on, you’ll hear the talk.

Amazing what we can do with tech these days.

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Tina “Jitsujo” Gauthier Ordained

September 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Tina “Jitsujo” Gauthier, shown here to the left of Sesien Roshi, was ordained as a priest at SWZC. Her ordination took place in SWZC’s Zendo.

Before the ceremony, Kokyo and Jitsujo got ready in the gaitan (entrance) to the Buddha Hall.

Jitsujo lives at the Zen Center of Los Angeles and is often found at SWZC, attending sesshins and studying with Seisen. Here she is after the ceremony with friends from ZCLA.

Tina’s family was also present, sharing in her joy.

Following the ceremony.

A Ph.d. student at University of the West’s Religious Studies program, she is also an artist. You can see some of her work at her website, – take a look.

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Robe Changing Ceremony for Kokyo

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

SWZC celebrated Kokyo’s (Sara Wildi) Transmission at a robe changing ceremony (Dene) on Sunday, July 29, 2012. The actual Transmission ceremony (Denbo) was held in private, as is the custom, at the beginning of the weekend on Friday.

Seisen, decked out in what she called her ‘party robes,’ conducted the ceremony; the love between teacher and student was obvious.

Kokyo receives her gold robe from Seisen

Among the guests was Elder Bob “Sokan” Lee,who served Precepter for Kokyo’s transmission. Sokan is a Sensei as well as a retired pediatrician and family therapist. He reminisced about meeting Kokyo years ago when she picked him up at an airport and drove him to the Mountain Center Zen Center.

Koyko and Elder & Sensei Bob “Sokan” Lee

Following the ceremony the community joined in the Meal Gatha…

Meal Gatha with part of the community

… then enjoyed a luncheon celebration.

Kokyo & Eko share a laugh following the ceremony

Congratulations to both Kokyo and to Seisen!

Photos by Kristin Gorenflo of Serotonin Photograph

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