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Archive for November 2013

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Nov
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Coming Changes in San Francisco Zen Center Leadership

In collaboration with Central Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky, the Elders Council recently issued—“with sadness and gratitude”—recommendations for responding to the needs for leadership resulting from Abbot Steve’s sudden and steady decline in health. Read more

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Nov
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Along the Path of No-Path: Images from Pilgrimage Trips to Japan, by Tom Hawkins

Art Exhibit in the City Center Art Lounge
December 1 – 31, 2013

Reception: Friday, December 13, 7 – 9 pm Read more

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Nov
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“When you are you, Zen is Zen”: A conversation with Edward Espe Brown

I still appreciate Suzuki Roshi saying, “When you are you, Zen is Zen.” He didn’t say when you get to be Zen enough, then you’ll have really gotten somewhere. So much of Suzuki Roshi’s way was to find out what’s appropriate for the occasion and what works for people.  —Edward Brown

by Catherine Gammon
(Photos courtesy of Edward Brown)

Edward Espe Brown joined me in the Peace Garden at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in early November to talk about the Saturday sittings he regularly leads here. A combination of zazen, movement, and dharma teaching, the sittings are suitable for beginners as well as for longtime practitioners. The next Saturday Sitting with Edward Brown will be offered at Green Gulch on December 14. Read more

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Nov
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Jukai: Lay Ordination, November 17

Photo by Ted Janowsky Read more

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Nov

SFZC is looking for a Reservations Coordinator—Immediate Opening

San Francisco Zen Center is a collection of three practice centers offering Zen meditation, training and programs in San Francisco, Marin and Carmel Valley. We have an immediate opening at our San Francisco center for a full-time administrator of our reservations and registration processes for Tassajara (our Carmel Valley location), training included. Read more

12
Nov
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Yoga to Balance Light and Dark, Heaven and Earth, Mind and Body

An Interview with Shokuchi Carrigan and Ingen Breen (2013)
by Jay Pennington, Sangha News Editor

Balance may not be the first word that pops into mind when you think of the holidays—the often-hectic year’s end, full of socializing, shopping, travel and expectation. But then again, that’s one reason balance might be especially important at this time of year.  In the serene setting of Green Gulch Farm, where fertile valley meets beach and ocean, yoga at the solstice offers time to explore the possibilities for balance and what it means for us at all times of the year. Read more

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Nov
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SFZC Women Share the Spotlight Cast by The Hidden Lamp

A groundbreaking new book puts the spotlight on women in Buddhism, unearthing many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries. The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women, edited by Zenshin Florence Caplow and Reigetsu Susan Moon, is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. Short, lively and personal, many of the commentaries presented in the book are written by women teachers in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, including SFZC teachers such as Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts, Leslie James, Shosan Victoria Austin, Furyu Nancy Schroeder and many others. Read more

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Nov
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Book Review for The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women

by Catherine Gammon

The new koan collection, The Hidden Lamp, edited by Zenshin Florence Caplow and Reigetsu Susan Moon, takes as its manifestly traditional starting point the collecting of one hundred Zen teaching stories. The radical difference is not simply that the stories feature women as students, adepts and masters, but that the commentaries and reflections paired with them are offered not by one living teacher, but by one hundred, all women, and from many lineages and Buddhist traditions. Read more

12
Nov
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The Season for Sharing: Support Our Local Food Banks

During the holiday season, Zen Center will be hosting a food drive in collaboration with the San Francisco Food Bank. Read more

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Nov
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Green Gulch Featured as Part of Nature Conservancy’s Legacy in Marin County

The Nature Conservancy recently featured Green Gulch as one of 11 “conservation achievements” in Marin County pictured on an interactive web map with this caption:

In the 1970s, many working ranches throughout the Bay Area were being sold to developers. The Conservancy partnered with a local family to protect their coastal ranch. Today the land includes important habitat, hiking trails, an organic farm, and a Zen center all within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Read more