Jisan Tova Green admits to a special fascination for words and how we use them in our interactions with others. She also recognizes the importance of listening in any conversation we have. Throughout her teaching career at Zen Center, Tova has offered various classes and workshops focusing on wise speech and kind speech, grounded in Buddhist teachings about effective communication. On Sunday, July 20, she will lead Speech That Connects Us: A Day-Long Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Social Workers, Nurses and Others. Read more
I was intensely interested in the teaching of Suzuki Roshi and the practice of meditation, because I thought that it had a transformative power that was, to me, amazing. —Narcissus Quagliata
Photos by Chris Shelton Read more
You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice. —Suzuki Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind Read more
Three-night stays in shared accommodations (men) are available between the dates of June 27 to July 3.
In response to a sangha member’s query on irrigation practices at Green Gulch Farm, Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson shared these reflections on the complex set of issues that must be carefully considered as Zen Center continues to operate a farm during this time of drought. Read more
by Amity Bacon, Volunteer Writer
Photos by Shundo David Haye
Every Tuesday night, the Buddha Hall’s tatami mats are covered with Bay Area 20- and 30-somethings who gather as a sangha. Several join the group sporadically throughout the year, some attend monthly if not weekly, and some can’t seem to stay away. Meeting together for an evening of guided meditation and dharma text readings or exercises, they always hold lively discussions that explore the practice of Zen. They’re called Young Urban Zen (YUZ), and this month their weekly gathering enters its third year. Read more
A Branching Streams sangha profile. This series of articles introduces sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.
by Dario Doshin Girolami
Centro Zen L’Arco is right on top of the hill from where Emperor Nero watched the great fire of Rome, and five minutes’ walk from the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. Read more