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April 18 - 20 | Oakland Street Retreat: Bearing Witness to Homelessness
Date Friday April 18
Time 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location Details
the Streets of Oakland
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorMarie Morohoshi
Emailmarie [at]
Phone510 549 3733, ext 1
Address2584 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA
Oakland Street Retreat:
Bearing Witness to Homelessness

Hosted by New Dharma Community
with Sensei Grover Genro Gauntt,
Sensei Paco Genkoji Lugoviña
& Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Friday - Sunday, April 18-20, 2008

The practice of the street retreat is a "plunge" - the intentional
placement of participants into a completely groundless situation
in which anything could happen, while anchored by spiritual
practice. It is a way of bearing witness to the unknown and to
the wholeness of life. It is a way of erasing our separation
from the homeless living on the streets. It is a way of facing
fears and asking questions of ourselves and others that shift
our assumptions and habitual ways of thinking. It's a major
opportunity for self-inquiry and discovery.

Participants will live on the streets without money,
bedding, change of clothing,books or watches. We eat
in soup kitchens and beg for money or food at times when
soup kitchens are not open. We do not say we are homeless;
rather we are relying on the generosity of the streets to take
care of us for a few days. From this, we intimately and vividly
come to see how our cocoons of basic security have insulated
us from our groundlessness. We will meet twice a day for
meditation practice and share in Council, giving us the
opportunity to see ourselves as Other, to recognize our
commonality, and to let go of habitual concepts that foster
aversion, rejection and separation. Street Retreats have been
held in many countries across Europe, and in various U.S. cities
like New York, L.A., Seattle, Denver, D.C. and San Francisco.

Please join in with members of the New Dharma Community
as we undertake this practice to help deepen our commitment
to transformative social change. People of all spiritual
traditions, practices and beliefs are welcome.

Fee: An essential aspect of street retreats is the practice
of begging to raise your participation fee amongst family
& friends. You may not use your own funds, except to
reserve a place.
Proceeds go to service providers and the
New Dharma Scholarship Fund. Please call for full details.

Donate: If you feel moved to donate for others to be able
to participate in the Street Retreat please click

Full Participation & Registration REQUIRED
14 participants only | 866.PEACE2008
Register Early

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About Sensei Grover Genro Gauntt

Sensei Grover Genro Gauntt, is a Founding Teacher of the
Zen Peacemaker Order and a dharma successor of Roshi
Bernie Glassman. He started studying with Maezumi Roshi
at the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1971 and served as
Board Chairman there from 1987 to 1997. After the
passing of Maezumi Roshi in 1995, he worked closely with
Bernie and started serving full time as Executive Director
of the Peacemaker Community in early 1997. He studied
at the University of Southern California, at the Wharton
school of the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA
in finance. Feeling that his path was to unfold from a lay
perspective, he pursued a professional career in real
estate and finance forming Western Property Research,
a real estate consulting firm in Los Angeles. He has two
sons, John and Parker. He was baptized as a
Congregationalist and raised as a Presbyterian. He
continues to study in diverse religious traditions with
a current emphasis in Native American ways, specifically
Oglala Lakota. He sees life as an ever-unfolding adventure.
Please join in.

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About Sensei Paco Genkoji Lugoviña

Francisco Lugoviña is an ordained Buddhist priest in the
Soto Zen lineage and in the Zen Peacemaker Order; is a
member of the Zen Peacemaker Circles and Peacemaker
International; and is the founder of the Hudson River
Peacemaker Center-House of One People in Yonkers,
New York where he has a fledgling sangha. He works
with gang members and other youth groups in Council
Circle format and meditation practice. Mr. Lugoviña has
participated in pilgrimages to Tibet, Auschwitz-Birkenau,
and in the streets of New York City. He has an admirable
history as a community organizer and civil rights activist
spanning his college and professional careers. Additionally,
Paco has been active in community and political affairs in
New York City for most of his adult life.

Center for Urban Peace
transformative programs & practices for agents of social change.
2584 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
p: 510.549.FREE (3733)

“...changing the WAY change is done.”
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Apr 2nd, 2008 3:45 PM
by Marie Morohoshi Wednesday Apr 2nd, 2008 3:45 PM
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