Memorial Service for Suzuki Roshi’s Sister, Entai Myotatsu Zen-ni
Saturday, October 13, 6:50am
San Francisco Zen Center, the Suzuki and Uchiyama families, and Beginner’s Mind Temple cordially invite you to join us in honoring the third anniversary of the passing away of Suzuki Roshi’s sister, Aiko Uchiyama, whose Dharma name is Entai Myotatsu. To mark this occasion, we will hold a Sankaiki Houyou ceremony at the time of morning service, approximately 7-7:40am.
As part of the Zen Center 50 events, there will be exhibits and events at City Center in October – Designing Sacred Architecture: Julia Morgan and Zen Center. The month of October also marks statewide events honoring Julia Morgan, who designed 300 Page Street, which was completed in 1922. In conjunction with the ZC50 events, Board Chair Mary Morgan researched the history of the City Center building and the historical connections between Zen Center and Temple Emanu-el. Read more
by Mary Morgan, Chair of Board of Directors
At its meeting in October, the Board will decide whether to amend the bylaws of San Francisco Zen Center to provide for a new abbatial structure consisting of a Central Abbess/Abbot and an Abiding Abbess/Abbot at City Center and at Green Gulch Farm, instead of the co-abbess/abbot structure we currently have. The specific wording of the bylaw change is set forth in the Final Report of the Joint Committee. We invite you to examine carefully the Report and recommended bylaw change. Read more
At its September 19 meeting, the SFZC Board nominated this year’s Slate of Candidates for three-year Board terms. Each candidate has a demonstrated deep commitment to practice and to Zen Center. Their areas of expertise are needed on the Board, and they have clearly demonstrated their qualifications and capacity to lead, focus and guide Zen Center through these challenging times.
Left to right: Bruce Fortin, Fu Schroeder, Helen Degenhardt, Dennis McNally
Santa Lucia Fir Planting at Tassajara by Diane Renshaw
On Wednesday, September 12, the Tassajara community planted a Santa Lucia fir (Abies bracteata) on an open slope just beyond the new retreat building. The Santa Lucia fir is the rarest conifer in North America, growing only in the Santa Lucia Mountains that surround Tassajara. Read more
Summer Guest Season Comes to a Close
by Heather Iarusso
September is always a time of transition at Tassajara as the valley settles into stillness with the end of guest season. More than 5,000 people passed through the Tassajara gate this summer to attend retreats, meditate, relax in the hot springs, and swim at the narrows.
An interview with Stephen Most, writer and co-producer of River of Renewal and author of the book River of Renewal, and Myoki Stewart, resident ecosattva and monk
San Francisco Zen Center is honored to screen River of Renewal on September 14 at 7:30pm at City Center. The film won best documentary at the American Indian Film Festival in 2008; is associated with Native American Public Telecommunications; and is co-produced with Steve Michelson and Jack Kohler.