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Archive for March 2013

27
Mar
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How to Become Bread – An Interview with Mick Sopko of Green Gulch Bread Bakery

Article by Kogan Sheldon, Program Assistant at San Francisco Zen Center
Photos by Margo Moritz

Mick and his assistant, Mary, start the day in the Green Gulch Bread Bakery at 4 a.m. on a Thursday. By 10:00 a.m., they have full racks of new loaves. By 10:40 a.m. most have disappeared–put away or distributed to the community. Mick and Mary are still at work, cleaning up. “Thirty per cent of this work is housekeeping,” Mick says cheerfully. Later, at 1 p.m., generous with both his time and his bread, he sits down with me for an interview.

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27
Mar
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Free Yourself from Stuff – An Interview with the Most Organized Man in America

by Amity Bacon, Writer and Zen Practitioner at San Francisco Zen Center

Taking stock of what is essential and creating a clearer, more organized way of life is something that Andrew Mellen knows a little something about. Called the “most organized man in America,” he has spent years helping others “unstuff” their lives.
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27
Mar
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Featured Photo Mar 27

Suzuki Roshi and Mitsu Suzuki Sensei.

On Sunday, April 7, San Francisco Zen Center will host a very special gathering to honor Mitsu Suzuki Sensei, the wife of Suzuki Roshi, haiku poet, teacher of the Japanese tea ceremony for many of us, teacher, friend, and mother to many more. We will start at 3 pm in the Buddha Hall with a short tea ceremony and follow with an offering of Japanese green tea and sweet cake for all attending.
This event is by registration only. The cost is $25, please send your payment before Friday, March 29.
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20
Mar
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Sexual Misconduct by Zen Teachers: A Response from San Francisco Zen Center

Article by Central Abbot Myōgen Steve Stücky
Photo by Renshin Bunce

I’m grateful to those SFZC sangha news readers who requested a statement from SFZC leadership in response to the NYTimes article citing allegations of abusive behavior toward female students by a well-known Japanese Rinzai Zen teacher.
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19
Mar
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The Dandelion Moon of Daily Life

by Qayyum Johnson, Head of Farm, Green Gulch Farm

Green Gulch Farm celebrated its annual Seed Sowing Ceremony on February 27th with a plein-air ceremony at the mouth of the sowing shed on the farm. Reverend Fu Shroeder presided before an altar dedicated to seeds, and outgoing tenzo Gyokuden Steph Wenderski sounded the inken which led the procession in the fresh air of morning.

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19
Mar
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Featured Photo Mar 20

Buddha’s Face, City Center Buddha Hall, Winter 2013.

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13
Mar
Returning to the road after a spectacular day to Flag Rock and back.

Nourished by Nature: A Conversation with SFZC Central Abbot Myōgen Steve Stücky

by Sachico Ohanks, Communications Coordinator at SFZC

In May, Central Abbot Myōgen Steve Stücky and naturalist Steven Harper will pair up to lead The Nature of Zen, a four-day retreat that combines Zen meditation practice with exploring the Ventana wilderness. This retreat has not only become an annual tradition at Tassajara, but it harks back to the longstanding Zen and Taoist tradition of appreciating nature, the source of our existence.

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6
Mar
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The Fourth Messenger

by Lauren Fabumni

Last Sunday, March 3, some of us participating in the Spring Practice Period ventured out from City Center to Berkeley so we could take in the musical story of the life of the Buddha, The Fourth Messenger­­  (book and lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and music and lyrics by Vienna Teng). The trip was supported by a generous gift of discounted tickets for our SFZC’s City Center residential and practice period students.
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5
Mar
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The Path of Happy, Healthy Parenting

by Sachico Ohanks

The role of parent comes with its share of joys and challenges, at times leading us into terrain we are not prepared for. The spot we want to arrive at is not found on any map, though we continually steer towards it in our hearts.
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5
Mar
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Featured Photo Mar 6

Buddha Hall Sunburst, City Center, Winter 2013.
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