Koans and the 12 Steps

Big Book and Blue Cliff

A monthly meditation meeting discovering how 12 Step practice and Koans influence each other.

At Santa Rosa, Every Second Friday of the Month, From 7 – 8:30pm

You are invited to join us for a monthly meditation meeting discovering how 12 Step practice and Koans influence each other. No experience required in either 12 Steps, Koan practice or meditation.

Sitting with the 12 steps will deepen their influence upon you, enriching your life of recovery. Applying koans will take you deeper yet, in all aspects of your life; they bring a practicality and usefulness today, just as they did in Lin-Chi’s time (9th century), where you can pass your wisdom (prajna) on to others, especially to those you sponsor. This has been a powerful experience for me.

The format is sitting with a koan for 25 minutes, then opening it up for discussion.

We meet on the 2nd Friday of each month. The step we’ll work on will correspond to the number of the month.

Please go to my blog for more info: 12 Steps and Zen Koans »


Together let’s take this leap from a 100-foot pole! After all, what worked for me can work for you.

— Bill Krumbein

There is no charge, donations gratefully accepted.

Questions? email Bill Krumbein: billk@sonic.net

 Santa Rosa Creek Zendo

825 Sonoma Ave., Suite B

Santa Rosa, CA

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