Recently San Francisco Zen Center received a significant bequest from a couple in Monterey, California, who were inspired to remember Zen Center in their will primarily because of their relationship with Katherine Thanas. Read more
“One of the worst feelings is to feel utterly alone,” says former SFZC abbot Zoketsu Norman Fischer, “but it’s impossible to ever be alone.” In the brief excerpt below transcribed from video, Norman tells us why love and compassion are simply necessities, especially in these difficult times. Read more
Zenkei Blanche Hartman is shown below in a past Interdependence Day Parade at Tassajara. The annual event at Tassajara around Independence Day in the US celebrates—what else?—our inter-dependence. The photo was submitted by Soren Leaver on the Boundless Life blog, which has recently shifted its focus Read more
A Branching Streams sangha profile
Our sangha started meditating together in 1995 in the small town of Occidental, California; hence the word occidental in our name. The word also means western, which is where the Buddha Dharma is now being established. We are located one hour north of San Francisco and not far from the Pacific Ocean. We currently meet together right next to the beautiful Laguna de Santa Rosa in Sebastopol, California, an important ecological reserve and the largest freshwater wetlands complex on the northern California coast. Read more
UPDATED: Volunteers are invited to help Zen Center with registration, ushering, and book sales, especially for the Saturday workshop below—in exchange for free admission. Events take place at Grace Cathedral and feature renowned journalist, author and lecturer Pico Iyer, along with Zen Center’s Abbess at Green Gulch Farm, Furyu Schroeder. Read more
One last spot in The Spirit of Practice retreat (July 19-26) has opened up!