Article by Amity Bacon
There is more to bees than meets the eye. Beyond fulfilling the critical role of pollinating our crops and providing us with honey, a bee colony can offer a glimpse into a world with its own social order, its own rhythm and its own sense of interconnectedness. To former San Francisco Zen Center beekeeper Michael Thiele, there is an entire universe of untapped knowledge and wisdom to explore. He has turned apiculture into an exploration of this universe, an exploration that is informed both by his Zen practice and nearly a lifetime of beekeeping in both California and Germany. Read more
Article by Kogen Keith and Hakusho Ostlund
Do you drive to Green Gulch Farm for the Sunday program? Or do you need a ride? Green Gulch is delighted to announce a reactivated rideshare program, featuring special benefits for vehicles with multiple passengers as well as a new online resource that makes it easier to help the whole earth while helping each other. Read more
Article by Sachico Ohanks, SFZC Communications Coordinator
Photos by Shundo David Haye, SFZC City Center Director
“Water, water, everywhere . . . Nor any drop to drink.” Each year as the rainy season comes around I sit indoors and, like a seasoned Californian, say to myself, “Good. We need the rain.” But each year in San Francisco, rainwater overruns the city’s flood and sewer system, damaging property, causing traffic jams and accidents, and sweeping gallons of under-treated sewer water into the bay. This is rainwater that did not reach the topsoil, which lay dormant under the regulatory 4-inch thick concrete sidewalk, and consequently did not sprout a single spring bud nor sweeten a single honey bee’s summer.
But, this year will be different for the sidewalks at Page and Laguna Street. Read more
June 22 – July 1
Me, Myself and I: To Have, To Hold, and Then To Let Go When Needed—An Interview with Keiryu Liên Shutt
Article by Sachico Ohanks, Communications Coordinator at SFZC
Photographs by Clare Hollander
Awareness of self is one of the core abilities that we develop, from which all other abilities draw support. And yet, as adults we often have little opportunity to explore this aspect of ourselves in a safe and supportive environment. In this interview, Keiryu Liên Shutt discusses the theme of “Me, Myself and I: To Have, To Hold, and Then To Let Go When Needed,” providing an opportunity to explore our sense of self. Read more
Article by Kogan Sheldon, Program Assistant at San Francisco Zen Center
A Shamatha Sitting is a more relaxed form of a one-day sit that is excellent for beginners and for anyone who needs a gently nourishing day of meditative practice. With a focus on joy and abiding in the moment, our Shamatha Sittings are often led by Tokuden Shinki Mark Lancaster.
Photo by Shundo David Haye
Rooftop altar at City Center, one of the stops along a procession as part of the opening ceremony for the Spring Practice Period on May 6. From sidewalk greening to rooftop offerings, the urban temple finds various ways to express Buddha’s compassion within its natural environment.