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Opening Our Hearts in a Shared World

A Message from the Central Abbess

Earlier this month Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts participated in an interfaith panel on the environment at Santa Clara University. The event preceded a two-day conference on November 3-4, titled “Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis.” Read more


Being Careful with Fire

By recalling an old firewatch tradition, this Japanese art piece imparts an important message for today from our founder.

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New Priest Ordained at Green Gulch

On November 5, Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson ordained his student Myoyu Malvern Costelloe at Green Dragon Temple in a shukke tokudo (priest ordination ceremony). Abbesses Eijun Linda Cutts and Furyu Schroeder were also preceptors for the ceremony. Read more

Recent Articles


Position Open for SFZC Program Coordinator

San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is seeking a program coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the planning and daily operations of SFZC program offerings including workshops, retreats and lectures at all three of our practice centers: City Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Read more


Giving Tuesday

Save the Date: December 1

It is easy to forget that the holidays are a time of giving and generosity. Join San Francisco Zen Center on social media on December 1 as we take part in #GivingTuesday, a day created to remind us to give back to the causes we care about. Read more


Feminist Scholar and Dharma Teacher Rita Gross Passes Away

Called a “feminist foremother in the field of women and religion and Buddhist feminist theologian” (, Lopon Rita M. Gross, PhD, died on November 11, 2015. After a serious stroke last month, she went into hospice care in her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she remained until her death last week. Read more

Helen Degenhardt, Roger Hillyard, Dennis McNally, Piper Murakami.

Board Election 2015 and the Return of Paper Ballots

The San Francisco Zen Center Board of Directors presents the following list of nominees for three-year board terms, commencing January 1, 2016: Helen Degenhardt, Roger Hillyard, Dennis McNally and Piper Murakami. Read more


Kids and Queens of Halloween 2015

Last Friday evening, October 30, we held our annual Sejiki Ceremony at City Center. Immediately afterward, we hosted children, parents and staff from Clara House (a transitional housing facility for families) for a Halloween costume dinner, followed by trick-or-treating within Zen Center residences. Read more


Budding Bodhisattvas from October 17 Jukai

On Saturday, October 17, students of City Center Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn, Anshin Rosalie Curtis and Jamie Howell (Kogen Seido) were given the bodhisattva precepts in a lay ordination ceremony known as jukai. Congratulations, bodhisattvas! Read more

Photo (Thanksgiving Altar): Shundo David Haye

Food Drive at City Center

This year, as in years past, we will be collecting food in the lobby of City Center to be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank. Read more