(photo of Alan Senauke and guitar)

Everything is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are

Alan Senauke in concert, Friday evening, July 26, 7:30–9:00pm

Tai Chi Center of Chicago, 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60613. Suggested donation $25. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

Hozan Alan Senauke — Zen priest, activist, musician — has woven together the musical and spiritual threads of his life to create a remarkable "buddhistic" tapestry of traditional songs, originals, and lovingly chosen contemporary numbers. In this benefit concert for Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Alan will share songs from his recent CD and other songs he loves, for your enjoyment, by artists such as such as George Harrison and Muddy Waters, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Huddie Ledbetter, Bob Dylan and Blind Willie Johnson. He will be joined on guitar by Larry Rothfield and other guests.

Alan's most recent CD of buddhistic songs, Everything Is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are, will be available for purchase at the concert. You can sample and purchase Alan's latest CD Everything Is Broken on MySpace, CD Baby or iTunes as well as other online retailers.

Hozan Alan Senauke is vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center in California. He lives at BZC with his family. He teaches Zen Dharma and has long worked as a socially engaged Buddhist activist, including work in Burma and India. In 2007 Alan founded the Clear View Project. He edited the folk music magazine Sing Out! in the 1970s, and has performed and recorded extensively over the last forty years, with bands including the Blue Flame Stringband, High Country, the California Cajun Orchestra, the Aux Cajunals, and the Bluegrass Intentions.

(photo of Alan Senauke)

Growing Vines of Engaged Buddhism, East and West

Alan Senauke, Sunday afternoon talk, July 28, 2:30–4:30pm

Dorothy Day Room, JTR 400
DePaul University Library
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago

In order to understand what Engaged Buddhism is we need to understand ourselves and our experience of practice and activism. And we should know about engaged Buddhism's roots in Asia — B.R. Ambedkar and the untouchables in India, A.T. Ariyaratne's grassroots communities in Sri Lanka, Thich Nhat Hanh's Vietnamese Zen in the streets, and more. Those roots continue to grow and entwine with Buddhist practice in the west. Hozan Alan Senauke's unique experience of engaged Buddhism in the U.S. and Asia can guide our exploration of what is to be done.

Co-sponsored by: DePaul University Religious Studies Department; DePaul University Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Department; and Chicago Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Hozan Alan Senauke is vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center in California. He lives at BZC with his family. Since 1991 Alan has worked with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, where he presently serves as Senior Advisor. He continues to work as a socially engaged Buddhist activist, founding the Clear View Project in 2007, developing Buddhist-based resources for relief and social change. He has worked extensively in Asia as well as the West. His book The Bodhisattva's Embrace: Dispatches from Engaged Buddhism's Front Lines and news of his engaged Buddhist work are all available at www.clearviewproject.org.

Tangled Up in Blue

Alan Senauke, Sunday morning Dharma talk, July 28, 10:10am following 9:30 zazen

Buddhist practitioners secretly hope that all our hours and years of meditation will lead to happiness. To suffer depression feels like a kind of failure. It is also an opportunity.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, near Damen Avenue and the Irving Park Brown Line station. Free parking is usually available on nearby cross-streets.