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Jun
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Speech That Connects Us: Reflections from Tova Green

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

24
Jun
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Artist Narcissus Quagliata Presents Suzuki Roshi Print and Releases Recorded Presentation

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

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24
Jun
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Sometimes Slowly: Affliction as Vehicle to Alleviate Suffering

A Weekend Residential Retreat at City Center for People in Recovery, August 8 – 10

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

24
Jun

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (6/18/14)

The Zen Center Board met June 18, 2014, at Green Gulch Farm. Read more

23
Jun

TassNow: June 27-July 3, shared housing opportunities for men

Three-night stays in shared accommodations (men) are available between the dates of June 27 to July 3.

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23
Jun
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Stewardship and Irrigation Practices at Green Gulch Farm

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

23
Jun
The artist, with her "Wave Patterns"

July Exhibit Features Modern Mystical Art by Anahid Aslanyan

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17
Jun
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Meeting Us Where We Are: A Look at Young Urban Zen

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

17
Jun
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Introducing Centro Zen L’Arco, Roma: A Roman Gate to Zen

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

17
Jun
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One Farm Season—in Season Now

Planting season is in full swing at the farm and is documented on the blog Record of the Event Called One Farm Season, with reflective posts by the farmers themselves, including Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson. Read more