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“Tranquility is still, and wisdom is flowing. We practice meditation to calm the mind, to make it still, and then it can flow. Although we understand that still water doesn’t flow, and we understand that flowing water isn’t still, when we practice we take hold of both stillness and flow. The mind of a true practitioner is like still water that flows, or flowing water that’s still. Still, flowing water.”

Ajahn Chah

Still Flowing Water Hermitage is a temple of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives which was founded in 1970 by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in the Soto Zen tradition. Still Flowing Water Hermitage aspires to offer self-tailored retreats to those experienced in the practice of Soto Zen, in a quiet and secluded natural setting. Currently we are searching for property in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains east of Auburn, California.

Rev. Vivian Gruenenfelder was ordained in the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives in 1998 and is Still Flowing Water Hermitage’s resident monk. She serves the Bear River Meditation Group, which meets on Monday evenings in Applegate, California, or on Zoom. For more information please see their website, bearrivermeditationgroup.org.

Rev. Vivian also offers meditation instruction, Dharma teaching, spiritual counseling, and Buddhist ceremonies.