Zenkei Sangha is a collection of individuals forming a Sangha, which is a group of people who meet together, like a congregation but smaller with the intention of learning about dharma. the teaching of the Buddha; basically the knowledge, and acting it out in a way which improves the lives of the unhoused, those addicted to substances, or those who are not otherwise recognized in a society in which they don't feel comfortable. The Sangha offers weekly public meditations at Glide Memorial Church on Mondays at 6pm, (also Tuesdays and Thursdays at 130pm on zoom), Harm Reduction Meditation, hospice support, and memorials for residents of Single Room Occupancies (SROs).
We specialize in Harm Reduction meditation.
Principles of Harm Reduction
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with substance use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs or alcohol.
Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet people “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself.
Harm Reduction Practice
Accepts, for better and or worse, that licit and illicit substance use is part of our world and chooses to work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.
Understands substance use as a complex, multifaceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors from severe abuse to total abstinence, and acknowledges that some ways of using substances are clearly safer than others.
Establishes quality of individual and community life and well-being–not necessarily cessation of all substance use–as the criteria for successful interventions and policies.
Calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use substances and the communities in which they live in order to assist them in reducing attendant harm.
Ensures that users and those with a history of use routinely have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them.
Affirms users themselves as the primary agents of reducing the harms of their use, and seeks to empower users to share information and support each other in strategies which meet their actual conditions of use.
Recognizes that the realities of poverty, class, racism, social isolation, past trauma, sex-based discrimination and other social inequalities affect both people’s vulnerability to and capacity for effectively dealing with substance-related harm.
Does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit substance use.
Reverend Jana Drakka started teaching Harm Reduction and ordained two priests: Priest Joko Mira Ingram and Priest Shishin Ben, to continue working towards opening new paths. They have since been joined by Myo Jo Ji Shin Don, Doug Jacobson, Oshin Jenings, and Countless others.