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Bad Fortune, Good Fortune: A Tale of Luck, Generosity and Gratitude

By Gendo Lucy Xiao

Sometimes the opportunity to be helpful and make a difference in someone’s life falls into your lap—or perhaps your back alley. Here’s a recent story of how opportunity was met at City Center with the many hands of sangha.

It was around 8 a.m. at Golden Gate Bridge. Read more

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Our Teachers and Students Need Your Continued Support

Many of us regard San Francisco Zen Center as a place of refuge and replenishment. We take refuge in this community, in our shared practice, and in these places that nourish us. Your support makes it possible for us to be here for you and for others.

Chris Fortin, a Zen priest in the Everyday Zen community who leads the Women’s Lotus Sangha in Sebastopol, remembers when she first came to Zen Center: Read more

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

Board Election Results 2014

The SFZC Board of Directors wishes to thank the members of Zen Center for their participation in approving the slate of board candidates. Albert Kutchins, Brian McCaffrey, Margie O’Driscoll, Anna Thorn and Jon Voss will serve three-year terms beginning in January 2015 and completing at the end of December 2017. Congratulations to new and continuing board members for the 2015-2017 term. Read more

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SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (11/19/14)

The Board of Directors of Zen Center met on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Greens Restaurant.

The Board’s major action item was to pass a new policy for abbatial review, designed to encourage self-evaluation among each member of the abbacy (the current abbot and abbesses and the abiding teacher at Tassajara) as to the quality of communication each abbot and abbess maintains with their peers. Each member would be asked to share a written review of this practice with the board chair, who will coordinate the process and meet with the abbatial leaders.  This practice is designed to foster team work and unity, and encourage connection within the abbacy.

 

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Denis Rodriguez, Employee, Alumnus and Friend, Passes Away

April 8, 1947 – November 9, 2014

San Francisco Zen Center grieves the loss of Denis Rodriguez, who was a student in the early days of Zen Center and who lived and practiced at all three centers.  In recent years Denis was an employee in the Accounting Department. Denis was one of the first workers at the original Tassajara Bakery on Cole Street in San Francisco. Read more

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Featured Photo, November 12

Tassajara Creek, during Fall Work Period (September). Monks are now halfway through the Fall Practice Period at Tassajara, a time for deep settling. Read more

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SF Launch Party for Jane Hirshfield’s New Chapbook

Come meet Jane Hirshfield, poet, essayist, translator, and Zen Center alum and teacher, as she launches her limited edition chapbook of new works. The book, called minus / myness and published by Missing Links Press, is a limited edition chapbook of new works that share titles beginning with “My.” The edition of 150 is letterpress printed in four colors, and hand-sewn and bound in San Francisco, California. Read more

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Volunteers Needed to Transcribe Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s Oral History

A group of teachers and senior students—Mel Weitsman, Victoria Austin, Mary Mocine and Mary Watson—have just completed recording a series of interviews with Zenkei Blanche Hartman. The interviews explored Zen Center’s robe-sewing tradition, Zenkei’s relationships with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Mitsu Suzuki Sensei (Okusan), Zenkei’s family and marriage, her role as abbess, and other topics. All the interviews will be gifted to Zen Center for its archive, and some of the interviews may be shared quite soon with other practice centers, particularly the interviews focused on sewing Buddha’s robe. Read more

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Featured Photo, November 5

On Halloween last Friday, City Center held its annual Sejiki Ceremony followed by a costumed dinner. At this annual event, Zen Center hosts a group of kids from Clara House, a neighboring transitional housing facility for families. Read more

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Wearing Buddha’s Robe: The Rakusu

Words from the Wearers
Article by Kogan Sheldon

“What’s that bib you’re wearing?” “This,” the wearer says, “is my rakusu.” Some of us are humorous, some shy or very reverent, some proud or patient, or all of those things—as we show others the many finely stitched panels of the rakusu, our “Buddha bib.” Usually admiration follows, accompanied by an examination of the back of this miniature representation of the robe that Shakyamuni wore. Here the person’s teacher has done calligraphy, perhaps some art as well, and has written the vow-taker’s Dharma name on the white silk facing. A poem may be there, or a koan (teaching challenge). Read more