SFZC Vice President Zesho Susan O’Connell has contributed to the Huffington Post’s compilation of “original thanksgiving prayers and blessings composed by our bloggers from diverse religious backgrounds.” Her thoughts on the Thanksgiving holiday are below. For the full article, click here.
An Interview with Zenkei Blanche Hartman and Shosan Victoria Austin
Shosan Victoria Austin, a yoga teacher for over twenty-five years, and Zenkei Blanche Hartman, former Abbess of City Center, will lead the next Practice Period, titled The Body as Great Vehicle Practice, starting January 21. Here they are, discussing the role of the body in Zen practice. Read more
An Interview with Green Gulch Farm’s Mick Sopko
Can you say a little about your history with SFZC as a bread baker?
I came to Zen Center in 1977 or so and I worked in the Tassajara Bread Bakery in San Francisco from 1980-1993. I worked all kinds of different positions; making bread, pastry, cakes, as production manager, manager of the retail store…Eventually, SFZC sold the bakery and I inquired at [City Center], where Blanche Hartman was tenzo [head of the kitchen]; how would it be if I came in to use the kitchen and produce bread for the community?