Sierra Foothills Zen is a Zen Mindfulness sitting group in the Clear Mind Zen tradition which is which is in the lineage of Japanese Zen Master Dogen Zenji.

Berry Crawford has was asked by his Teacher John Shoji Sorensen to start the group in order for the Foothill area have an in-person Zen community.

Berry Crawford has practiced Zen meditation since 1991. While most of his practice has been as a lay householder practitioner, he lived at the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center and practiced as a resident in the mid 1990s. There he completed the initiation ordeal known as tangaryo and completed two traditional Soto Zen Practice Periods. Berry has practiced in the Ordinary Mind Zen school started by Joko Beck and also practices with the Valley Streams Zen group. Berry was given authorization to independently teach Zen by his teacher John “Shoji” Sorenson in 2022.

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