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Traveler-Photographer Shares Monumentally Sacred Sites in “On the Road . . . to Away-Seeking Mind”

The featured artist at City Center for the month of March is Susana Millman, a professional photographer and dedicated sangha member. Her show, titled “On the Road . . . to Away-Seeking Mind,” runs for the entire month, with an artist’s reception on Friday, March 6, from 7 to 9 pm. Read more

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The Spirit of Zen: Keiryu Liên Shutt on Wise Effort and Non-Doing

The following reflection by Keiryu Liên Shutt was extracted from a talk she gave in 2008 titled “What I Love about Zen.” Read more

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Feb

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (2/18/15)

The Zen Center Board met on February 18 at Greens Restaurant. Read more

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Feb
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Marching Forth in Practice—with Help from the Zen Center Bookstore

March is the only month that contains a date that is a full sentence (March 4th). It also a month that marks movement toward spring: daylight savings time begins again (spring forward). With all this energy of moving toward the future in the air, it is a good time to take stock of where we are and where we might be going. In honor of this pivotal time the bookstore is offering a complimentary “stepping stones” greeting card with purchase of $25.00 or more throughout the month of March. Read more

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Feb
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The Environment Is a Field of Practice: A Swarm of Recent Events at Green Gulch Farm

I feel absolutely committed to the often-awkward work of agitating for greater awareness of the severe crisis our species has wrought upon the planet, much the same as I am committed to acknowledging my own mistakes and confusions.  —Qayyum Johnson

Several recent events at or involving Green Gulch Farm have underscored both the concern felt at Zen Center for the environment and the wonderful partnerships forged by leaders at Zen Center to express that concern. Here are a few notes about what has been going on, with links to related content. Read more

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Feb
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Developing a Honeybee Sanctuary at Green Gulch

Text and photos from Michael Joshin Thiele

The idea for a honeybee sanctuary at Green Gulch Farm emerged out of concern for the survival of bees and the health of the global biosphere. The vision of organizers is to develop new approaches to apiculture and the study of the natural life forces and instinctual needs of bees. Initially the health of the bees will be the primary focus of the honeybee sanctuary. The long-term goal is to create a self-sustaining apiary, which links local wild honeybees to a bee-centric approach to apiculture. Read more

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Feb
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Rain Brings Deep Refreshment

by Shinchi Linda Galijan, Tassajara Director

The storms of the past few days brought over 5 inches of very welcome rain, bringing us to a total of over 17 inches so far this season, which is close to normal.  Tassajara Creek is running high and fast—and loud!—and Cabarga Creek, that runs under the little bridge, is booming.  Along the road are sparkling waterfalls amid the fresh mosses, ferns and bright spring grasses.  In front of the zendo, crocuses, narcissus, daffodils and iris are a source of deep delight.  Week by week, the days get visibly longer, and the play of light and shadows on the green mountains changes with the changing seasons. Read more

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Feb
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Featured Photo: Arbor Day, February 2014

Images from last year’s Arbor Day/Restoration Day at Green Gulch Farm. SFZC board member Dennis McNally digs in (lower) with grandchildren. This year, the work will focus on planting the area surrounding Green Gulch Creek’s new (restored) curves, on February 15.  See Arbor Day/Restoration Day on our website for details. Read more

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Feb
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SFZC Cosponsors SFSU Conference on Mindfulness and Compassion

How can contemplative practices and rigorous scientific studies best inform each other for a greater common good? Internationally recognized scholars and contemplatives will explore this issue in what promises to be a thought-provoking, multi-disciplinary conference. Please join us for this special event, Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice, June 3-7 at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Among the distinguished faculty is Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts. Read more