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Cultivating Suzuki Roshi’s Dharma Seed in the Rogue Valley: An Introduction to Ashland Zen Center

A Branching Streams Sangha Profile, the second in a series of articles introducing sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

by Tendo Stacy Waymire and Kigetsu Ramana Waymire Read more


Zen and Visions in Light and Glass: An Evening with Renowned Glass Artist Narcissus Quagliata

Be aware of the light. If you really understand what light is, it will reflect on you. Everything is made out of light.  —Narcissus Quagliata, as interviewed by Lilou Mace in March 2012 (see this YouTube video)

Famous today for designing glassworks from Rome to Taiwan, Narcissus Robert Quagliata left important traces of his beginnings at Zen Center. Read more


Congratulations to Green Gulch Shuso Shokuchi Carrigan

The Spring Practice Period at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, led by Eijun Linda Cutts and Furyu Nancy Schroeder, ended April 8, after a ceremony marking a culmination of training for the head student (shuso), Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan. Read more

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Green Gulch Farm Named “Food Donor of the Week” by

Last week, the organization honored Zen Center by naming Green Gulch Farm “Food Donor of the Week.” The nonprofit collects extra fresh food from other organizations that would otherwise go to waste, to help people in need. Their mission is “to help end hunger and reduce food waste in Marin County.” Read more

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Outreach Volunteers Needed

City Center is looking for volunteers who are able to help with our weekly food distribution program.  Read more


Showing Up for Yoga Class: An Interview with Purusha Hickson

For Purusha Hickson, there is no divide between yoga practice and spiritual practice—once you begin to connect to your body through yogic movement, you naturally begin to unite with the spirit that is alive within that body.  As he says, “When people show up for yoga class it is a real, conscious choice.”

Purusha’s perception of our bodies as amazing tools for our own liberation is reinforcing, even infectious. In his upcoming retreat “Messages from Our Bodies, Messages from Our Life” you will meet Purusha’s warmth, clarity and good humor as he guides us towards listening to our bodies as one with ourselves. Read more


The Head Monk Becomes a Teacher: Shuso Ceremony April 2014

A Story in Photographs by Shundo David Haye

For the fifty or so monks who have been living at Tassajara for this ango, or practice period, the Shuso Ceremony marks the culmination of three months of intense training together. For the dozen or so former shusos who make the drive down from San Francisco or Green Gulch, it is a chance to revisit the beloved monastery, and to see how the practice has been manifesting there.

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There is no closed figure in nature. Every shape participates with another. No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape. —Henri Cartier-Bresson

Through Lens or Language: The Art of the Attending Eye

The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.  —John Berger

Photographs by Shundo David Haye

Can our openness allow us a fresh regard for what is right in front of us? This is the essential question asked by poet and former SFZC Artist-in-Residence Genine Lentine, and photographer and Zen teacher Shundo David Haye, as they present The Attending Eye: A Photography and Poetry Workshop on Saturday, May 3. Read more


The Yoga of Meditation Posture: Shosan Victoria Austin on Yoga Practices for Sitters

I study the whole person in the posture, examining their needs and their response to those needs, from the ground up.  —Victoria Austin

Interview by Jay Pennington 

(Photo: Iyengar Yoga Institute, SF)

(Photo: Iyengar Yoga Institute, SF)

Over her forty-plus years at Zen Center, Shosan Victoria Austin has developed something of a reputation in the community as an expert in many different, specialized areas—from the esoteric details of dharma transmission ceremonies to the everyday issues of sitting posture. Read more

City Center: People, Mitsu Suzuki

Mitsu Suzuki: 100 Years (Photographs)

Photos by Fu Schroeder, Barbara Lubanski-Wenger, Mitsue Nagase, Rosalie Curtis and others Read more