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Jamesburg Caretaker Needed for January 2015

Driving Out to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center by Shundo David Haye

Tassajara is seeking to fill the Jamesburg Assist/Caretaker position starting in January 2015. Read more

Giver, Receiver and Gift: Closing Words from Tassajara Director Shinchi Linda Galijan

Shinchi Linda Galijan by Robert ErdmannSeptember 15, 2014
Right now, Tassajara is very quiet. It’s just after 9 am on Monday morning. Guest season ended yesterday; we said goodbye to the last of our guests by mid-afternoon. We chanted the Heart Sutra and closed the front gate, signaling the transition to work period and the cloistered fall and winter months. As part of the dedication during the ceremony, we read the names of the students who participated in the 2014 Summer Practice Period, expressing gratitude for everyone’s hard work and dedication to practice.  Read more

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An Interview with Denise Shephard, Alum of Establishing the Path of Practice

Most times the most precious parts of ourselves are dwarfed by a preoccupation with mundane, functional tasks that fill our days and thoughts. I’m talking about kindness, love and joy—our humanity. But when we hit a wall, we sometimes stop and invert the paradigm, putting our humanity first, our to-do list second.

In this interview, sangha member Denise Shephard shares her story of Establishing the Path of Practice (EPP). It is a singular and universal story of attempting to invert the paradigm. Read more

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Sep

Results of Outreach Book Sale

We offer our sincere thanks to all the people who participated in last week’s book sale. Through your generosity, we raised $1917.

This money will be distributed among our various outreach programs, helping to provide books for prisoners, food for homeless men and women, and various other services.

Truly, we could not do it without you.

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Sep

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (9/17/14)

The Zen Center Board met Wednesday, September 17, 2014, in the dining room at City Center. Read more

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Sep
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Featured Photo, September 10

Soon we’ll be wishing a farewell to summer for another year, but there’s always the warmth of sangha, as demonstrated by this girls’ group from the previous Coming of Age Program. Applicants are now being accepted for the next yearlong program, which begins September 21. Read more

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Sep
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Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on Living through Strong Emotions

Many of us find ourselves stuck in painful experiences in our lives for days, months and even years. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s workshop Living through Strong Emotions is an invitation to learn how to use these experiences as a foundation to generate joy and liberation within. This week Zenju offered this explanation to Sangha News: Read more

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A Call for Farm and Garden Apprentices at Green Gulch Farm

Green Gulch Farm is accepting applications for apprenticeships during the 2015 season—and is asking for your help to get the word out. Please share the information below with your circles and encourage anyone who might be interested to apply. Read more

9
Sep
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SFZC Joins Brooklyn Zen Center for People’s Climate March in New York

San Francisco Zen Center representatives will join a contingent from Brooklyn Zen Center to express serious concern for the environment at the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, in New York City. Those from SFZC include Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts, President Susan O’Connell, Branching Streams Coordinator Steve Weintraub, Program Director David Zimmerman, GGF Conference Coordinator Shokuchi Carrigan and City Center resident Milo Burn. Any members of our wider sangha who may be nearby are invited to join us. Read more

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Sep
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Watershed Work Party This Sunday Begins with Visit to Creek Restoration Site

Hello Green Gulch watershed volunteers,

The skies have cleared of fog and the sun has been shining. Even more amazing is the transformation that is occurring down in our 5th and 6th fields. The creek restoration project is underway! Read more