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Archive for February 2014

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Feb
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Cloud Hall Renovation Project—Public Information Session, March 9

As part Zen Center’s Widening the Circle Capital Campaign, Green Gulch Farm is undertaking a major renovation of Cloud Hall, the largest and most centrally located residential structure at Green Gulch. Adjacent to the Zendo, Cloud Hall houses up to 35 residential Zen practitioners, some of whom stay for a number of days or weeks, and some who are in residence for many years. Read more

26
Feb
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A Poet of Suchness: Professor Lisa Myobun Freinkel Introduces Shakespeare

Interview by Jay Pennington

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” At first glance, it may not seem obvious what an Elizabethan poet could have to say about Buddhist practice—in 2014. On the other hand, it’s perhaps not so surprising that one of the greatest writers of all time and one of the greatest spiritual teachers of all time could have pointed to something similar about the truth of existence, even if through different trappings. Read more

25
Feb
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Suzuki Roshi Gets a New Seat Too, at City Center

At City Center, Suzuki Roshi holds a central post in the daily life of the temple—in many ways, but the most tangible way may be through his wooden likeness looking out from the Kaisando, or Founder’s Hall, in the center of the building, on the second floor. His presence is acknowledged daily, or numerous times daily, as residents and visitors routinely pass by (first stopping to bow). For many years, the statue has rested in seated position on what was intended only as a temporary altar support, covered in heavily embroidered cloth. Read more

25
Feb

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (2/19/14)

The single action item concerned the Zen Center Archives. Read more

24
Feb
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2nd Annual Spring Sit-A-Thon Set for April 13

Save the Date !

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19
Feb
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Preparing for Mountain Seat Weekend: A Call for Volunteers

The City Center kitchen will be preparing food for the weekend of March 1-2, when Abbess Christina Lehnherr steps down and incoming Abbot Ed Sattizhan and Abbess Fu Schroeder step up to the Mountain Seat. We are expecting a lot of guests for this important occasion. Traditionally, the entire community, residential and non-residential, comes together to create such events. Read more

18
Feb
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Zenju Earthlyn Manuel Opening Still Breathing Meditation Center in Oakland

Grand Opening – March 16, 2014, 3 pm- 5 pm
A notice from Zenju, a recent former shuso (head student) at City Center in 2012, and teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center:

The Still Breathing Meditation Center grew from a simple desire to share a space that I had seen along my travels in Oakland. Read more

18
Feb
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Miscellaneous Needs for Green Gulch Garden

The Green Gulch Garden requests your help filling three special needs: Read more

18
Feb
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What Happens When Zen Teacher Edward Espe Brown Encounters the Puppet Ponce the Pig? A Small Aventure Tale for Grown-ups

Zen Master Deshan says, “Realizing the mystery is nothing but breaking through to grasp an ordinary person’s life.” I use that in the dedication to By All Means, my book about the stuffed pig Ponce. This is what I’m doing at my one-day retreats at Green Gulch—by all means—not just Zen, but—if you find something else useful you can use it.”  —Edward Espe Brown

Book Review by Catherine Gammon
By All Means, by Edward Espe Brown, illustrated by Margot Koch, with a painting by John Simpkins
Missing Links Press, San Francisco (112 pages)

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14
Feb
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Work and Stay: Volunteer for a Special Spring Work Period at Green Gulch Farm

Please consider joining us for a week or more between April 12 and May 3 for this special Work Period to make necessary improvements to structures and tend to the surrounding land. Read more