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Writing to Angulimala: The Zen Center Prison Correspondence Program

by Jeffrey Schneider, Outreach Coordinator
(Artwork by prisoners*)

I often look up from my desk at a drawing, rendered in almost photographic realism, of Suzuki Roshi. It was sent to me by one of my prison pen pals. Armando is on death row in San Quentin, and we’ve been corresponding for several years now. Read more

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Art Exhibit, September 2014: Awakened Beings

Awakened Being2Mixed Media by Chloe La Bare

September 2014
in the City Center Art Lounge
300 Page Street, San Francisco

Reception: Thursday, Sep 4, 6:30 pm
Includes original storytelling by award-winning performer Alicia Dattner, and live music by songwriter Aliza Hava, beginning at 7 pm. Read more

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Drawing for Cloud Hall Raffle on September 28

The date is finally set for drawing the winning ticket holders in the summer-long raffle supporting the Cloud Hall renovation at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. The drawing will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Green Gulch Farm around 11 am (during tea time after the dharma talk). Be sure to get your tickets now, and please join us for the drawing! Read more

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29
Aug

TassNow: Last two weeks of Tassajara Guest Season

Tassajara has an amazing array of accommodations available in the last two weeks of its guest season. There are multi-night stays available in just about all the rate categories. Call now to book!

Space is still available in the following retreats:

  • Bringing Yoga and Zen Home: Creating and Sustaining a Home Practice (Sep 1-4)
  • Courage and Intimacy: Exploring Women’s Stories (Sep 1-4)
  • Getting to What Matters: More Love, Less Stuff (Sep 4-7)
  • Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body: A Zen Mind, Yoga Body Retreat (Sep 4-7)

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26
Aug

Invitation to People of Color for Meeting at SFZC

Dear people of color community of San Francisco Zen Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara,

San Francisco Zen Center is exploring how to build awareness and equity in dharma practice, and in the workings of all our centers—City Center, Green Gulch and Tassajara. As part of this intention, a team at Zen Center has undertaken an assessment to build understanding of how to support this vision. Members of this team include Central Abbess Linda Cutts, City Center Abbot Ed Sattizahn, Vice President Tova Green, SFZC Cultural Awareness Advocate Lee Lipp, City Center Director Shundo David Haye, Zen Center Board member Bruce Fortin and consultant Arinna Weisman. Read more

19
Aug
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Laying a Roof and Raising Consciousness: An Interview with Contractor Ezra Wynn on Being Atop the Guest House

Interview conducted by Lauren Dito

Among the many large-scale improvement projects at Green Gulch Farm this summer, the re-roofing of the lovely Lindisfarne Guest House was notable as much for the extreme complexity and tediousness of the job as for the uplifting inner effects of the experience as reported by some of the visiting workers. The uniquely shaped roof was beautifully completed in early July, thanks to the amazing craftsmanship of contractor Ezra Wynn. Read more

19
Aug
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It Isn’t Easy Being Red, Either: Frog Greeting Green Gulch Creek Restoration is Protected Species

This month as a big portion of the construction on buildings at Green Gulch Farm is wrapping up, the Green Gulch Creek Restoration Project is taking off. This work aims to recreate a more natural meandering course for the creek instead of being restricted by a concrete channel, thus enhancing native riparian habitat for many species and widening the floodplain.

On Wednesday of last week, there was great excitement as a worker discovered a live member of a threatened species that the project aims to benefit: a California red-legged frog. Here are a few images of the strikingly marked creature. Read more

18
Aug
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Volunteer Still Needed for GGF Garden Items at SF Ferry Plaza Stand

A volunteer is still needed to help at the Green Gulch produce stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco for every Saturday in September. Responsibility would be primarily for selling the flower bouquets, herbs, and fruit, from approximately 7 – 11 am every Saturday. Full commitment through September is preferred, but all are encouraged to inquire. Reply to Lauren Bouyea at garden@sfzc.org. Read more

18
Aug
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Green Gulch Reintroduces “Muffin Bucks” for Carpoolers

Last year, the Green Gulch Ecosattvas* revived a program to encourage carpooling to our Sunday meditation and dharma talk. Vehicles with two or more occupants park free for the Sunday program, and single drivers are asked for a donation of $5. The money received is reinvested in the environment, helping to cover the additional cost for Green Gulch to purchase 100% renewable energy through Marin Clean Energy.

Now, ridesharing visitors will be offered “muffin bucks” in addition to free parking. These can be used for a dollar off the purchase of the muffins offered at the tea following the Sunday dharma talk. Read more

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Aug

TassNow: August 17-24 Availability at Tassajara

There are only four weeks left to visit Tassajara this summer! We have private cabins available for the night of Monday August 18 and opportunities to stay two to three nights for solo travelers in our men’s and women’s dorms during the week. There’s also one spot left in shared housing (male) for the retreat Balanced and Awake.

For the weekend August 22-24, we have multi-night stays in private cabins and the dorms. Call now to book!

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