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Sangha in Recovery 2011-2012

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Ryotan Cynthia Kear
Tim Wicks

Eventbrite - Sangha in Recovery 2011-2012 Q3 (CC)

Third Trimester begins Sunday, May 27

with Ryotan Cynthia Kear and Tim Wicks

This final trimester will focus on contemporary American Buddhism.

The Sangha, along with the Buddha and the Dharma, is one of the Three Refuges of Buddhism. It is the community of men and women who practice together. In recovery, we share our “experience, strength and hope” with one another. Encouraging each other in sangha helps us to realize our intention to live an awakened life.

The San Francisco Zen Center is offering, in three trimesters, a yearlong experience of Sangha for people in recovery. Many in our community have found Buddhist practice and our work in recovery equally affirming. Those who join this group will commit to the practice of meditation three times a week (either at home or in a formal setting) , attending a class on basic Buddhist concepts, meeting together and individually with the organizing teachers. Other opportunities will be offered throughout the year as electives.

This program is open to all men and women in recovery from substance abuse or behavioral disorder. We ask that you be already involved in a recovery program and that you have a minimum of a year of continuous sobriety. Sangha in Recovery is not meant to replace, but to augment, our efforts elsewhere.

The year will be divided into three trimesters and the events scheduled to accommodate working men and women. The fees below cover the class, the group meetings, and meetings with teachers.

Third Trimester 2012

1st meeting:
Sunday, May 27
1:30 - 5 pm
Class Meetings in Buddha Hall
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
June 5, 19 & 26, July 10,17 & 24, August 7, 14 & 21
A Day-Long Retreat for People in Recovery* - At City Center Sunday, July 8
10 am - 5 pm
Final celebration Saturday, August 25

*Elective Event: To register for this event, click on the title to go to the web page.

We also suggest the Monday night Meditation in Recovery group from 7:30-9pm for those who can attend, as well as the Friday night Meditation in Recovery group at Hartford Street Zen Center in the Castro, 7:30-9 pm.

Tuition per trimester: $225; $200 current SFZC members; $185 limited income. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Payment due in full upon program acceptance. NOTE: Elective events* are included in the fees for the third trimester.


The Sangha in Recovery third trimester is only open to those practitioners who are participating in the year-long program.

Related Bio(s):

Ryotan Cynthia Kear
Ryotan Cynthia Kear has been practicing Soto Zen Buddhism for over 25 years. She received Dharma Transmission from Darlene Cohen in 2010. In 2004, she founded the Wild Geese Sangha, which explores daily practice in the non-monastic world. She leads the Upstairs Sangha, a group which meets bi-monthly to sit and study, and she co-leads a sangha for meditation and recovery.

Tim Wicks
Born in Utah and raised in London, Tim Wicks studied fine art at San Francisco State University and received his MFA with distinction from California College of Arts and Crafts. He studied for four years with Spirit Rock teacher Eugene Cash. Impressed with Mahayana Buddhism and the bodhisattva ideal, he studied with Michael Wenger, receiving lay ordination (jukai) in 2006 and priest ordination in 2013. He has worked with Buddhists in recovery at San Francisco Zen Center for over ten years and has led the Friday night recovery meeting at Hartford Street Zen Center for two years.