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Archive for July 2013

31
Jul
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August Art Exhibit: Where the Light Is

Photographs by Shundo David Haye Read more

30
Jul

TassNow: One-night stays in August (and limited multi-night)

Get it now while the gettin’ is good! (and it’s really good)

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30
Jul

Yin Yoga Heals: An Interview with Ana Poirier

“Our bodies are designed to heal themselves,” says Ana Poirier. This simple statement is part of the inspiration behind her work as a Yin Yoga and flow yoga teacher. As a yoga teacher with extensive background in nutrition and a classically trained dancer, Ana is adept at moving pain out of the body and instilling ease where there was once tightness and even pain. Whether to the ambitious triathlete or modest yoga beginner, she has something to offer in this core of all yoga disciplines, Yin yoga. Ana Poirier will co-lead Yin Yoga, Wisdom Zen: A Joyful Harvest with Kanzan David Zimmerman from Sunday, September 1, through Friday, September 6, at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.  Read more

30
Jul

Flexible Mind: An Interview with Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta, creator of  the acclaimed blog Zen Habits and author of three best-selling books (The Effortless Life, Focus, and The Power of Less),  transformed his own life and now works with others toward identifying and practicing life-changing new habits.  Using mindfulness to tap inner resources, he offers means for dealing with the constant stream of interruptions, distractions and technology in our daily lives. He approaches the search for peace attentively and simply, as his  Zen Habits motto suggests:  Smile, breathe, and go slowly.   His workshop Flexible Mind, Flexible Heart: How to be Happy at Work (co-led by Zesho Susan O’Connell, San Francisco Zen Center’s president) will be September 6-9, at Tassajara–a good place to “smile, breathe and go slowly.” Read more

24
Jul
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Fire Returns to Tassajara

Summary and Slideshow of the 2013 Tassajara Fire
by David Zimmerman, Program Director

A week ago and just days after the fifth anniversary of the 2008 Basin Complex Fire, fire returned to Tassajara.
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23
Jul
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Featured Photos, July 23

Congratulations to three Zen Center students marking their commitment to the Dharma in separate ceremonies this month. Read more

23
Jul
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Secrets of the Swimming Dragon: Taichi Aids Meditation and Health

Traditionally the exclusive practice of the Chinese Imperial elite, the Tai Yi Swimming Dragon Quan is a form of Taichi that has been made available to the public only since the 1980s by Grandmaster Yu Anren. One of Yu’s first two main representatives of the style outside China is Liping Julia Zhu, who has been teaching people of all ages for more than 20 years. In the 1997 San Francisco video below, Liping demonstrates the slow, graceful Swimming Dragon Quan Taichi Qigong Form I, for which she won a gold medal in the 1996/1997 International Martial Arts Tournament. Read more

16
Jul
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Carving Out Sacred Time: Lisa Jansen on the Value of a Yoga and Zen Workshop Series

Article by Jay Pennington, Sangha News Editor

To spend time deepening your practice—an appealing idea, and one that can often seem out of reach in a life full of commitments. Multi-day retreats are not always possible. But what about just three Saturday afternoons, each a month apart, on a solid theme? Read more

15
Jul
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Featured Photo, July 15

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15
Jul
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Sitting with Knitting at Green Gulch Farm: About Reirin Gumbel and Crafts as Spiritual Practice

Reirin Gumbel is a Zen priest who happens to also be an expert knitter and spinner of yarn—but these are parts of herself she weaves together quite naturally. Before she lived at Green Gulch, she owned a fiber arts business in Santa Cruz called The Golden Fleece. Read more