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June Art Exhibit at City Center

Reception: Friday, June 3, 7 – 8:30 pm Read more

17
May
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Young Urban Zen practice group

Meets Monday evening 7:30-8:30pm with zazen (meditation) instruction available at 7pm
308 Page Street, next door to SF Zen Center Read more

13
May
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Bodhi art: reclaiming the body with Buddhist tattoos

by Marcus Hartsfield

People often ask me why I get tattooed and why I have so many. Read more

10
May
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San Francisco Pride Parade – June 26, 2011

Sunday, June 26
9 am to 5:30 pm

It’s nearly that time of year again! The San Francisco Zen Center sangha will be marching in the Pride Parade, manifesting the harmony of difference and equality. You are warmly welcome to join in this joyous celebration of the LGBTIQ community. Read more

10
May
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Conference on Zen Master Dogen in November 2011

The Buddha Soto Zen Center in Hialeah, Florida, together with Florida International University’s Asian Studies Program, invites you to join in the upcoming “Bringing Dogen Down to Earth” conference on November 12, 2011 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Read more

9
May

Volunteers Needed for Homeless Outreach

We are currently looking for help with making and delivering meals to homeless people.

If you are available on Thursday afternoons from about 1 – 3 o’clock and would like to help, please contact volunteer coordinator Jeffrey Schneider. He can be reached at 415.354.0379 or at jeffrey.schneider@sfzc.org

You need not commit to every week, nor for the entire time. All help is welcomed.

9
May

Prison Pen Pals Needed

Zen Center facilitates a prison correspondence program which reaches out to over 100 incarcerated men and women throughout the country. We provide books and meditation instruction for those who struggle to practice in prison. We currently have a waiting list of prisoners who wish to establish a correspondence with practitioners on the “outside” and are recruiting volunteer pen pals.

All letters go through the Zen Center office to protect your home address. You may even use a pseudonym if you like. Books sent to prisoners in your name are paid for by a special fund at no cost to you. The investment of time and energy is small, but the effect that you can have on another’s life is very great.

If you would like to find out more about this program, please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Jeffrey Schneider at 415.354.0379 or at jeffrey.schneider@sfzc.org

9
May
Jizo image by Ninsho

Food for Homeless People Programs at City Center

For several years, Zen Center has had a weekly lunch program for homeless people. Volunteers meet in the City Center kitchen and prepare and deliver food to those in need. This program was recently suspended because our very generous volunteers have needed to go on to other things. We would very much like to put together another cohort of regular volunteers. The time is Thursday afternoon from about 1:30 to 4. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Jeffrey Schneider, at jeffrey.schneider@sfzc.org or 415-354-0379.

If you are interested in being part of the more extensive monthly bag lunch preparation (usually on the last Sunday of the month), please send your email address to Jeffrey. He will add it to an email list and contact you before the event.

Note on image: Visit Ninsho Kakinuma’s web site. For information on Jizo Bodhisattva, click here. “Jizo works to ease the suffering and shorten the sentence of those serving time in hell, to deliver the faithful into Amida’s western paradise (where inhabitants are no longer trapped in the six states of desire and karmic rebirth), and to answer the prayers of the living for health, success, children, and all manner of petitions. Jizo is the only Bodhisattva portrayed as a monk—shaven head, no adornments, no royal attire, nearly always dressed in the simple robe (kesa) of a monk.”

9
May
Flower at City Center Courtyard by Shundo Haye

Clara House Volunteer Opportunities

Clara House, just down the street from Zen Center, is a transitional housing facility for families. Zen Center has enjoyed a long history of coordinating events with the Clara House staff for the residents. We are currently looking for volunteers to help in a number of ways: Read more

9
May
Bag Lunch volunteers by Tova Green

Volunteers Needed for Homeless Outreach

We are currently looking for help with making and delivering meals to homeless people.

If you are available on Thursday afternoons from about 1 – 3 o’clock and would like to help, please contact volunteer coordinator Jeffrey Schneider. He can be reached at 415.354.0379 or at jeffrey.schneider@sfzc.org

You need not commit to every week, nor for the entire time. All help is welcomed.