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Jan
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Honoring the Tree: An Interview with Sukey Parmelee about Arbor Day at Green Gulch

Much of the economic decay of southeast Asia (as of many other parts of the world) is undoubtedly due to a heedless and shameful neglect of trees.  ―E. F. Schumacher

by Jay Pennington, Sangha News Editor

It was in the new state of Nebraska over 135 years ago that J. Sterling Morton led the initiative to set aside a special day for planting trees, saying, “Each generation takes the earth as trustees.”* Today his idea is still honored with various corporate and individual efforts across the nation. Locally, the Zen practice nurtured at Green Gulch Farm for the last 42 years seems to fall directly in line with Morton’s statement. Here, volunteer work parties convene one afternoon each month to care for the surrounding land and trees. A special Arbor Day focus coincides with the next Work Party Day, on Sunday, February 23, from 2 to 5 pm. I asked Work Party Leader and Land Advocate Sukey Parmelee to explain how we honor the tree in our neck of the woods. Read more

28
Jan
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All-Inclusive, Smiling Zen: An Introduction to Marblehead Zen Center

A Branching Streams Sangha Profile
By Al Flagg, sangha member (photos courtesy Marblehead Zen Center)

Below is the first in a series of occasional articles introducing sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network, to give voice to our growing dharma family and share the flavor of the Suzuki Roshi lineage as expressed in different locations. As Al explains below what practice is like in coastal Massachussets, he communicates something of the sangha’s true flavor and what is most important there. Read more

28
Jan
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Sounds of Green Gulch Featured on KALW

It’s a place where sound is shaped by a devotion to silence.  —KALW
They’re not music exactly, but they have patterns and the patterns communicate. They’re like a language of sound.  —Catherine Gammon Read more

27
Jan
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Art Exhibit, February 2014: Pausing, Patience and Not Knowing, by Judith Bird

Reception: Friday, February 7, 7 – 9 pm Read more

27
Jan
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SFZC Events for Wisdom 2.0 / Wisdom Week, February 10-13

Meditation Instruction and Talk on Wisdom from the Zen Perspective

Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.  —E. F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

Join the Wisdom 2.0 and the San Francisco Zen Center communities at SFZC City Center for these free, educational affiliated events during Wisdom Week 2014.

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21
Jan
Winter evening shadows at Green Gulch Farm.

Featured Photo, January 22

Photo by Shundo David Haye Read more

21
Jan

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (1/15/14)

On January 15, Zen Center’s Board of Directors met in an all-day retreat in the Conference Center at City Center to set goals for the year.  The goals include the following: Read more

14
Jan
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Marking Upcoming Transitions for Zen Center’s Abbots

As San Francisco Zen Center prepares for the transition of all three of its abbatial seats in the next several weeks, many of the details have been set for ceremonies to honor those leaving and those stepping into the roles. Read more

14
Jan
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Featured Photo, January 15

Photo by Shundo David Haye Read more

14
Jan

Funeral Ceremony To Be Live Streamed

Photo: Sara Tashker

The funeral ceremony for Myogen Steve Stücky at 3 pm on Sunday, February 9, will be live streamed from Green Dragon Temple on SFZC’s live stream channel. The recording will be available on the channel shortly afterward for later viewing.