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Featured Photo, October 15

City Center Abiding Abbot Ed Sattizahn took in an early morning courtyard view between activities in the one-day sitting on October 4. This first sitting of the fall signaled that the abbot’s first practice period at Zen Center was well under way. In addition to offering a perfect stage for dramatic seasonal displays of sunlight, the peaceful courtyard is where some students may perform morning temple cleaning work, and is also a setting for enjoying short breaks during daylong sittings. Read more

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A Stove Story

A Photo Essay by Chris Shelton

When City Center’s old stoves were replaced this fall after 20 years serving in the background—but at the core—of Zen Center life, Zen student Chris Shelton documented the project in photos and reflected on the significance of that transition and of kitchen work practice at the temple. Read more

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What Is Happiness to You?

Albert Schweitzer said, “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” According to Mahatma Ghandi, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” And George Burns said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” Read more

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Oct
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Flowering the Altars: Volunteers Needed

City Center is looking for volunteers to help create flower arrangements for the temple. Read more

30
Sep
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A Fall Message from Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts

Dear Sangha Members,

As I am about to leave for Tassajara for the Fall Practice Period, I wanted to let you know some things that are on my mind both at San Francisco Zen Center and in the wider world we share and create together. Read more

30
Sep
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Shine One Corner of the World—Membership Matters!

The ancient bodhisattvas found joy in doing small things, encouraged by the famous words in the Lotus Sūtra, “to shine one corner of the world.” It is enough if you just shine one corner of the world. That is enough.  —Talk by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Tassajara, 1969 Read more

30
Sep
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An Appropriate Response to Adversity: A Reflection by Keiryu Liên Shutt

When faced with how to respond to events in our lives—perhaps in a local way such as homelessness right outside our doors, or world events such as the Ebola crisis or a Ferguson-type situation—we may be trying to decide what to do. Read more

30
Sep
Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts selects a winner for one of the many prizes.

Cloud Hall Raffle Drawing Selects Winners and Raises Funds

Following a full summer of ticket sales and heightened anticipation, the final winners were drawn last Sunday for the raffles to benefit Green Gulch’s renovation of Cloud Hall (see a photographic chronicle of the progress on the Renovation and Restoration blog). The raffle raised $18,800 toward the massive project, with $110,000 left to raise. Read more

30
Sep
2015 board candidates (from left): Albert Kutchins, Brian McCaffrey, Margie O'Driscoll, Jisan Anna Thorn, Jon Voss.

Board Election 2014: List of Candidates and Electronic Voting

Submitted by Gretchen Rau, Governance Committee Chair

The San Francisco Zen Center Board of Directors presents the following list of nominees for three-year board terms, commencing January 1, 2015: Read more

23
Sep
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Book Review for Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick, by Daniel Herman

Published by Lehigh University Press, with Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
Review by Catherine Gammon

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a young Zen student practicing at Tassajara read Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick on the suggestion of a friend at the monastery. Maybe Daniel Herman would have gone on from there to study literature and complete his PhD, even to write his dissertation on the very novel and the very subject, without the happy circumstance of having met Melville’s whale for the first time in the mountains of the Ventana Wilderness, in the deep heart-opening canyon that is Tassajara. Maybe that dissertation would even have become a book. And maybe not. Certainly not this book. Read more