Beth Goldring – Buddhism and Justice

About Beth Goldring: Beth Ann (Kanji) Goldring began Zen training in 1979 and became Maurine Stuart Roshi’s student in 1982, receiving Jukai from her in 1986 and ordination in her name in 1995. A former university humanities teacher, she was engaged in human rights work in Palestine 1986-93, a Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellow 1993-4; in Thailand with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists in 1995-6; and in Cambodia (initially through the peace walk lead by Samdech Maha Ghosananda) from 1996 through the present. From 2000-December 2016, she founded and headed Brahmavihara Cambodia (initially Brahmavihara Cambodia AIDS Project), a chaplaincy project for destitute AIDS patients in Phnom Penh. Still based in Cambodia she studies and teaches Buddhism and Meditation. In addition to Zen training (renewed through Tassajara and City Center of San Francisco Zen Center in 2015-16) she studied Tibetan Lojong and Tonglen from 1999-2003, when she began Vipassana training with Gil Fronsdal. She was fully authorized as a teacher by Gil Fronsdal in 2017.

Beth Goldring Dharma Talk: Buddhism, Structural Violence, and Justice

Sunday, August 18
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM

About Beth Goldring: Beth Ann (Kanji) Goldring began Zen training in 1979 and became Maurine Stuart Roshi’s student in 1982, receiving Jukai from her in 1986 and ordination in her name in 1995. A former university humanities teacher, she was engaged in human rights work in Palestine 1986-93, a Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellow 1993-4; in Thailand with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists in 1995-6; and in Cambodia (initially through the peace walk lead by Samdech Maha Ghosananda) from 1996 through the present. From 2000-December 2016, she founded and headed Brahmavihara Cambodia (initially Brahmavihara Cambodia AIDS Project), a chaplaincy project for destitute AIDS patients in Phnom Penh. Still based in Cambodia she studies and teaches Buddhism and Meditation. In addition to Zen training (renewed through Tassajara and City Center of San Francisco Zen Center in 2015-16) she studied Tibetan Lojong and Tonglen from 1999-2003, when she began Vipassana training with Gil Fronsdal. She was fully authorized as a teacher by Gil Fronsdal in 2017.

Shodo Spring – Finding Home in the Vow

About Shodo Spring: Shodo Spring is the founder of Mountains and Waters Alliance, dedicated to working together with all beings to protect and restore the earth. She is also a Zen priest, Dharma heir of Shohaku Okumura Roshi, mother and grandmother, leader of the 2013 Compassionate Earth Walk, and author of Take Up Your Life: Making Spirituality Work in the Real World (Tuttle 1996).

Kyoko Katayama – Befriending Death

About Kyoko Katayama: Kyoko Katayama, a psychotherapist for over 30 years, has made an intention and practice of integrating her spiritual life, her professional work, and personal experiences towards ease and integrity in all that she does. She has been a student of dharma, practicing at Common Ground since 1999. She has completed a two-year study and practice on Satipatthana (The Foundations of Mindfulness) with Matthew Flickstein.

Gentle Dragon – Intersectionality of Zen and Engaged Buddhism

About Gentle Dragon Laura Kennedy: Gentle Dragon (GD) studied Classical Ashtanga Yoga with Baba Hari Dass beginning in June 1996. She had a solitary sitting practice several years prior. In 2004, after circumambulating Mt. Kailash, she re-connected with Byakuren Roshi who she’s considered her Zen teacher since 1998. Byakuren Roshi worked with her on integrating the relative world and the absolute together in the expression of the Bodhisattva vow. In November 2012, GD was ordained by Byakuren Judith Ragir. In 2016 she was formally recognized by the Clouds community as a teacher in a shuso ceremony. Gentle Dragon has worked with abused children for over 22 years and currently works on developing policy on behalf of those who continue to work directly with abused children. She has a Masters of Counseling Psychology from the Adler Institute in Chicago, IL. GD has participated in Bearing Witness retreats in the Black Hills, Auschwitz/Birkenau, and in a street retreat in SF. Recently, she organized and was a lead teacher for a Bearing Witness retreat in St. Paul, MN. GD received transmission from Byakuren Judith Ragir, October, 2018.