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SFZC Awakening Through Service

Awakening Through Service

Service is practice, and practice is service.

A Bodhisattva is one who has taken the vow to become awakened for the sake of all beings–to live and be lived for the benefit of others. In this video excerpt Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider shares reflections and stories on the Bodhisattva vow and how we express it in our daily lives.

Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider is the Outreach Coordinator at San Francisco Zen Center and will be co-leading, with Myogen Kathryn Stark, Awakening Through Service, a 13-week course that starts September 13. The course will provide training and spiritual support for those currently engaged in community service as professionals or volunteers, or those looking to get more involved. Read more

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