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15
Aug

Norman Fischer Reading at City Center

Poetry reading and book event

Fri, Sept 2, 7:30 – 9 pm
City Center, 300 Page Street, SF
Live video streamed on the  SFZC channel at LiveStream

Poet, Zen priest, and author Norman Fischer will read from his just-out book-length poem conflict.
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12
Aug
Bottling Honey: Marcia pours

Bottling Honey from the Rooftop Hives

On a sunny August afternoon, in the back of the City Center dining room, Marcia Lieberman, Tova Green, and Daigan Gaither bottled honey from City Center’s own rooftop bee hives. Read more

10
Aug

A Quiet Moment at Tassajara

Featured Photo August 10

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10
Aug

The Bodhisattva’s Work: Living Each Moment for the Benefit of All Beings

In this long weekend retreat at Tassajara, Robert Do-An Thomas and Samantha Ostergaard lead participants in taking up the Bodhisattva’s practice of turning each moment of our lives into a moment of acceptance, compassion, and awakened activity that benefits ourselves and others. Through yoga, meditation, and discussions about Zen, we will restore and realign with our deepest intentions as human beings. You’ll leave renewed and ready to extend the Bodhisattva’s “work” of living life for the benefit of all beings.

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10
Aug

Trusting Your Own Voice: Writing as Spiritual Practice

Laura Deutsch is a nationally published author and teacher, who leads writing retreats from Tassajara to Tuscany. Laura has taught writing for more than 15 years and has participated in numerous workshops at Tassajara and Green Gulch. For more on writing as meditative practice, developing one’s own voice, and Laura’s upcoming retreat at Tassajara, please enjoy the interview below.

What will the retreat be like?
We’ll share techniques that will help us tap into our stories, memories, and imagination, whether we’re writing with a view toward self-exploration and healing, or creating art for a wider audience.

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10
Aug
Tassajara Flower by Valerie Boquet

Who is the Jackal?

Allan Rohlfs is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, a mediator, and a certified trainer of Nonviolent Compassionate Communication. His thoughts on the technique and how it can alleviate difficulty in our communications with one another are below.

How did you get involved with Nonviolent Compassionate Communication (NVC)?
Early on in my training as a psychotherapist, I attended a lecture by Professor Eugene Gendlin, who was teaching a new method in expansion of human awareness. Focusing [his method] is very akin to Zen meditation and I thought, “Here is an interesting social change tool.”  So I began learning it so that I could teach it.

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5
Aug

Book Reading: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Zenju reads from her new book: Tell Me Something About Buddhism

Friday, October 7, 7:30pm
SF Zen Center, 300 Page Street, Dining Room [directions] Read more

3
Aug
Bougainvillea by Shundo Haye

August Art Exhibit at City Center

The Intangibility of Light – Photographs by Shundo David Haye

Exhibit opens Mon, Aug 8
Reception: Fri, Aug 12, 6:30pm
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2
Aug

SFZC Leadership Program 2011-2012

The Leadership Program invites senior level professionals and senior residential staff to explore Board service and board committee opportunities in San Francisco Zen Center’s nine-month Leadership Program. Read more

2
Aug
Drawing of Tea Garden

The Way of Tea at Green Gulch Farm

As the 16th century tea master Sen Sotan said, “The taste of tea and Zen Are One and the Same.” Read more