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Apr
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Featured Photo May 1

Camelia and Maple, City Center courtyard, April 2013.
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30
Apr
Article by Sachico Ohanks

Know Yourself, Forget Yourself – An Interview with Marc Lesser on The Five Paradoxes

by Sachico Ohanks, Communications Coordinator at SFZC

In the midst of our doubt and confusion and the general unpredictability of life, most of us rely on a set of core guiding principles to help us make decisions and take action—whether we realize it or not. Marc Lesser has dedicated himself to helping us understand five fundamental paradoxes which, when mastered, can offer us equanimity, even joy, as we strive to live meaningful lives in a world without guarantees. In Marc’s upcoming workshop Know Yourself, Forget Yourself  based on his new book with the same title, he will cover with clarity and kindness these five paradoxes.
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24
Apr

Creating Enlightened Society

CES_Square_Logo_300pxwithDatesSan Francisco Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and Shambhala founder Chögyam Trungpa were close friends who shared a common vision for Buddhism in the West. SFZC is pleased to share with you information about the Creating Enlightened Society conference, offered by Shambhala. The conference will feature Trungpa’s son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as well as Google’s Chade-Meng Tan, Bishop Marc Andrus, Jyoti, angel Kyoto williams, Acharyas Adam Lobel, and Susan Skjel. The conference is May 10, 11 & 12 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California.

Shambhala is generously offering our SFZC sangha a 20% discount on the registration fee for the event, when you pre-register online using the following promotional code: SFZCCES13

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24
Apr
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Buddha’s Birthday Celebration at Green Gulch Farm – Embracing the Playful, Disorderly Aspect of Enlightenment

by Sachico Ohanks, Communications Coordinator at San Francisco Zen Center

The Buddha’s Birthday Celebration at Green Gulch is a spectacular annual event, which offers children the opportunity to take part in a live performance and offers parents an opportunity to fill their children’s imagination with the story of Buddha’s birth.  The celebration includes a procession, a pageant and a picnic.

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23
Apr
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The Flowering of Compassionate Self-Understanding: An Interview with Lee Lipp on Transforming Depression and Anxiety

by Kogan Sheldon, Program Assistant at San Francisco Zen Center

Ever wonder how to take care of yourself when suffering with depression and anxiety?
We sometimes go into that question struggling with conditioned thoughts and behaviors that are actually hindrances to feeling better.

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23
Apr
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Featured Photo April 24

Congratulations to Renshin Bunce who completed Dharma Transmission with Central Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky on April 21, 2013.
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16
Apr
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Featured Photo April 17

On April 3, the Winter Practice Period ended at Tassajara. This 90-day intensive practice period was led by Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller with Ann Baker as Shuso, head student.
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9
Apr
Photo by Shoukath

Friday Night Slide Show – Zen in India

On Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm Shindo Gayatri, Zen priest and resident of Thiruvannamalai, India, will be presenting a slideshow on the effort being made by some SFZC Zen teachers and students to help Zen find its roots again in India. The show is open to the public and is free of charge, however there is a suggested donation of $10 for dinner.

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2
Apr
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Straight to the Source – Gil Fronsdal on the Inner Structure of Mindfulness Practice

Article by Sachico Ohanks, Communications Coordinator at SFZC

As you may have noticed, the term mindfulness is appearing everywhere. And though many of us are familiar with the practice and teachings of mindfulness, few of us have read the original Pali text Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. We rely on teachers like Gil Fronsdal to bring the Buddha’s teachings into our own vernacular.
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2
Apr
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Exploring the Experience of Aging for Those 55 and Older

Article by Sachico Ohanks, Communications Coordinator at SFZC
Photos by Florian Brody

Jisan Tova Green, Zen Center Vice-President, and Kyosho Valorie Beer, City Center Ino (temple coordinator), are launching a new dharma group at City Center for people 55 and older. On Saturday, April 20, they will speak on the theme “The Practice of Aging and The Aging of Practice”, at 10:15 am in the Buddha Hall at City Center. Please join us for the talk and share your thoughts and insights by responding to our online questionnaire on The Practice of Aging. We would like to hear from you!
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