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Featured Photo September 14

August full moon at Tassajara. Photo by Shundo David Haye.

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Featured Photo September 7

Front steps of City Center with autumn leaf. Photo by Chris Shelton.

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Walk to Feed the Hungry on September 30

Saturday, September 30, noon – 5:00 pm
Starting Location: Gold Mountain Monastery, 800 Sacramento Street
Ending Location: San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page Street – arriving at 3:30 pm: please consider volunteering to host the group at City Center

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These Final Days of Summer

Lauren Dito-Keith, the Director Assistant at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center gave us an account of the final days of summer guest season. Here is what she wrote:

“The end of the 2017 summer guest season is almost here.

“The heat in the day keeps guests, students, and deer alike close to the cool banks of Tassajara Creek. Warm breezes in the evening invite everyone to enjoy a stroll or some bocce.

“We know that out in the world the kids are going back to school and visions of fall dance in our minds.

“The students of Tassajara are beginning to make their own fall plans.

“Many students will stay here for the Fall Practice Period being led by Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson.

“First-time summer students are discussing the possibility of practice period at City Center and Green Gulch Farm or perhaps moving on to other adventures around the world.

“But one thing is true for all of us students: we are grateful for the opportunity we have had this summer to get to know each other and get to know ourselves through the practice container we call Tassajara Guest Season.

“We have made many new friends in both students and guests. We have witnessed moments of chaos and moments of pure beauty and everything in between. It is safe to say we are ready for whatever is coming next.

“September 10, we will close the gates and celebrate another summer well done with a special student dinner, skit night, and of course a dance party.







Featured Photo August 31

Mick Sopko, the baker at Green Gulch Farm, with some beautiful loaves of fresh bread. Photo by Margo Moritz.

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City Center Library Call for Volunteers

The City Center library is a great treasury of the dharma. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping us reopen the library by working on the cataloging process and to act as volunteer librarians.

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Featured Photo August 24

Tassajara in August. Photo by Shundo David Haye.

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September Art Show: “Synergy” with Denise Dmochowsk and Victoria Veedell

In the City Center Art Lounge, September 1 – 30

Synergy. The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, synergism. By presenting their paintings side by side they strive to create a beautiful atmosphere of peace and joy.

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Sanctuary and Action

By Central Abbess Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts

Amidst the political and social challenges of our times, when public expressions of racism, bigotry, anti-semitism, and hatred and violence are rising, I wanted to make very clear that San Francisco Zen Center, in our commitment to the practice of waking up and living in wisdom and compassion, strives to be a place of tolerance, openness, and welcoming, and a community of peaceful spiritual sanctuary.

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Featured Photo August 17

Sunflowers and fog at Green Gulch Farm, August 2017. Photo by Clare Hollander.

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