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Practice period group at Tassajara with Tatsugami Roshi (center) and Joanna Bull (furthest right, standing).

Supported by Community, Grounded in Practice

Joanna Bull, an SFZC member for five decades, tells her story from the East Coast

In 1968 a young woman, Joanna Bull, was spending a few months in Woodstock, NY. A guest of Bob Dylan’s manager, she hung out with Bob and the Band, listened to great music and looked for a clear path amid the big party. While living on the compound (built in 1812), Joanna saw a ghost. Intrigued, she made a trip to the bookstore, where she discovered Alan Watts’s The Spirit of Zen. Read more

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Featured Photo, September 2

Photo by David Silva

This exquisite photo of one of the many wild quail frequently seen around Green Gulch Farm is a reminder of the beauty that can be found in what is common. Read more

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.

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New Website Launched at sfzc.org!

San Francisco Zen Center is pleased to announce that our main website at sfzc.org received a significant upgrade and redesign after a successful launch last week! Read more

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TassNow: Enjoy Tassajara in August and September as we wrap up the Guest Season!

Late August and early September opportunities abound at Tassajara! Read more

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Is Self-Cultivation Inherently Selfish? Dale Wright’s Answer on Psychology Today

The general criticism of self-cultivation as being too individualistic fails to recognize that we are unable to be of service to others until we have undergone enough self-transformation to begin to see larger realities beyond the importance of our own personal well-being. Read more

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Supporting A Far-Flung Community of Practitioners

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

During the past month, the Sangha Project has taken several important steps towards finalizing plans to build an online “home” for the global community of San Francisco Zen Center practitioners. Read more

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Clara House Families Enjoy a Day at Green Gulch

Last week, Green Gulch Farm welcomed families from Clara House for a day of fun in the country, including a tour, lunch and time at the beach. Read more

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Shosan Victoria Austin on Meditation Postures Designed for the Female Body

The main point of meditation is the same for all humans: to rest in the ultimate, and to experience the connection between ultimate and conditioned existence, in the present moment. To do this, we sit in an upright, aligned way, one with the universe by nature of being composed of its elements, naturally receiving it in and offering it out through the process of normal breathing. Read more

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Branching Streams Visiting Teacher Reports Back from Brooklyn Zen Center

In this post from the Branching Streams website, City Center teacher Kanzan David Zimmerman reflects on his three-month fellowship stay at Brooklyn Zen Center in New York, which just came to a close. The Visiting Teacher Fellowship Program, launched this spring with David as the first fellow, is an exciting new way SFZC can support its affiliate sanghas. Read more