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Archive for April 2014

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Apr
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Flower Chidens Are Flourishing: The Joy of One Sustainable Stem at a Time

A spotlight on SFZC volunteers, by Jay Pennington

Working behind the scenes, flower chidens can easily go unnoticed at Zen Center, although in a way their work is all about display. Read more

29
Apr
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Green Gulch Launches Guest Program Apprenticeship

October 14 to January 27
Applications now accepted

The Green Gulch Farm Conference and Retreat Center, with its serene environment for personal retreats, meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops, is pleased to now offer an apprenticeship program. The new Guest Program Apprenticeship provides practical experience hosting guests in a temple environment while living in residence and following the practice schedule.

29
Apr
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May Art Exhibit is “A Little Bit of Almost Everything”

Art on canvas and glass by Dana Zed Read more

22
Apr

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (4/16/14)

The Board unanimously passed a budget of more than six million dollars for fiscal year 2014-15, and added special commendations to the president (Susan O’Connell), treasurer (Jordan Thorn), and Finance Committee chair (Helen Degenhardt) for the quality of their work and of the presentation. Read more

22
Apr
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Jukai: Lay Ordination, April 19

Photo by Renshin Bunce Read more

22
Apr
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Spring Sit-a-Thon 2014: Thanks to You!

Thank you to all who sat, donated, fundraised and volunteered for the Spring Sit-a-Thon that took place on Sunday, April 13.  It was a wonderful day and a big success.  Here are some photos of our day together. Read more

22
Apr
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New Blog for Updates on Green Gulch Projects

Stay connected and keep up with progress at Green Gulch Farm during its “season of renovation and restoration,” with this blog on the two major projects for 2014: the renovation of Cloud Hall and the restoration of Green Gulch Creek. Read news, view photos, and sign up for automatic updates. (Click image below.) Read more

15
Apr
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Green Gulch Farm Named “Food Donor of the Week” by ExtraFood.org

Last week, the organization ExtraFood.org honored Zen Center by naming Green Gulch Farm “Food Donor of the Week.” The nonprofit collects extra fresh food from other organizations that would otherwise go to waste, to help people in need. Their mission is “to help end hunger and reduce food waste in Marin County.” Read more

15
Apr
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Cultivating Suzuki Roshi’s Dharma Seed in the Rogue Valley: An Introduction to Ashland Zen Center

A Branching Streams Sangha Profile, the second in a series of articles introducing sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

by Tendo Stacy Waymire and Kigetsu Ramana Waymire Read more

15
Apr
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Zen and Visions in Light and Glass: An Evening with Renowned Glass Artist Narcissus Quagliata

Be aware of the light. If you really understand what light is, it will reflect on you. Everything is made out of light.  —Narcissus Quagliata, as interviewed by Lilou Mace in March 2012 (see this YouTube video)

Famous today for designing glassworks from Rome to Taiwan, Narcissus Robert Quagliata left important traces of his beginnings at Zen Center. Read more