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Jan

A Thank You from the Abbesses for Your Year-End Support

Photo: Shundo David Haye

Photo: Shundo David Haye

At the turning of the New Year,
at this time of profound change,
at this moment which asks us to come forward and engage fully with our lives,
you have made a difference by supporting San Francisco Zen Center. Read more

13
Jan

Book Sale to Support Zen Center’s Outreach Programs

City Center’s biannual book sale is coming up the first week in February, beginning Saturday, February 1. The proceeds from these sales go to support Zen Center’s outreach activities to prisoners, to families in transition, to those in rehabilitation facilities and other venues. Read more

13
Jan

Thank You for Supporting the Holiday Food Drive

Many thanks to all who participated in Zen Center’s activities on behalf of the San Francisco Food Bank. As well as a full barrel of non-perishable food items, we raised $120 in cash. Read more

8
Jan

Beyond the Pain: A Contemplative Caregiver’s Experience

Below the more empirical, medical layers of caregiving lies the realm of emotional and physical
suffering that the sick and dying can spend the hours of their days swimming through. In this more fluid realm of powerlessness, Contemplative Caregivers apply the medicine of awareness and being present with the patient or family member’s experience to relax and counteract suffering. In this article Brendan Crowe, a Contemplative Caregiver student, describes his experience training in the Pain Clinic at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco.

Article by Brendan Crowe, Previous Contemplative Caregiver Course Administrator
(In this article the names of medical patients have been changed to protect their privacy.)

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8
Jan

Featured photo, January 8

Photo by Shundo David Haye

The end of the New Year’s Eve program at both City Center and Green Gulch is marked by a bonfire. Pictured below is last week’s fire in the City Center courtyard with some of the attendees. The zendo was overflowing with sitters for two periods of meditation just before. Read more

6
Jan

Funeral for Former Central Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky

New—IMPORTANT Parking Information for the Funeral:

Parking at Green Gulch will be limited due to weather. Please come early and PARK AT THE MUIR BEACH PARKING LOT. There will be a shuttle to Green Gulch for people who are unable to walk to Green Gulch from the beach (about a 3/4 mile walk through the farm; wear mud boots!). The last shuttle will leave Muir Beach at 2:30 pm. ADA and/or limited mobility parking WILL be available at Green Gulch, as will parking for FULL TO CAPACITY vehicles. Be sure to rideshare! Call 415/383-3136 for further information.
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