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Featured Photo July 18

View from Angel Island during the Residents’ Retreat in 2017. Photo by Brent Haas.

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August Art Show: Paula Pietranera – “CONNECTION”

August 1 – 31
San Francisco Zen Center Art Lounge
300 Page Street, SF 94102
Reception: August 9, 7 – 9 pm

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Zen Center Bookstore Request for Volunteers

The Zen Center Bookstore at City Center has volunteer opportunities on these days and times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Wednesday evenings: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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Featured Photo July 11

Paper crane on an altar at Tassajara. Photo by Romy Senderos.

On July 20, there will be a Buddhist memorial service held at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Residents at San Francisco Zen Center are folding paper cranes that will be taken to the ceremony and protest.

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Thank You from Kannon Do

To Greg Fain and the residents at Tassajara, and the organizers of the guest practice program, Steve, Siobhan, and Minoria,

On behalf of Kannon Do, I offer deepest gratitude for your incredible hospitality, kindness, and practice of the Way. Everyone who came to visit from our sangha was deeply moved by our experience at Tassajara. Thank you for making us feel at home with you.

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July Art Show: Suelyn Yu – “STILL BURNING”

July 1 – 31
In the Art Lounge at 300 Page Street, SF

Reception: Friday, July 12, 7:30 – 9 pm

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Featured Photo June 27

Shunryu Suzuki opening a ceremony at City Center/Beginner’s Mind Temple in June 1971. Photographer unknown.

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Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee (CAIC) Listening Meeting at City Center

Saturday, June 15, 1 – 3:30 pm
City Center dining room, 300 Page Street, SF 94102

The Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee (CAIC) is inviting the Greater Sangha to participate in a listening meeting to discuss our experiences as Sangha who practice at Beginner’s Mind Temple, City Center.

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Featured Photo June 6

Rooftop flowers at City Center, May 9, 2019. Photo by Clare Hollander.

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The Rooftops at Zen Center Are Buzzing

By Marcia Lieberman, the beekeeper at San Francisco Zen Center

Spring arrives and with it the honey bees on the rooftop of SFZC’s City Center/Beginner’s Mind Temple begin to scout and forage for the sweet nectar that is nestled in nearby gardens. There are lots of choices as the bees can fly up to six miles for a source and every gardener has their own preferences. Variety is a key bounty in urban bee keeping.

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