A spotlight on SFZC volunteers, by Dennis McNally
One part class and one part volunteer work group, Saturday Sangha at City Center represents a unique opportunity to find yourself in an intimate community within the larger Zen Center sangha—and new members are warmly welcomed to join. We are among those who ring the bells, serve the tea, and stir the soup, all ways to support the temple on its busiest public day of the week. Once the work is done, we enjoy lunch together and a brief class with the head of practice, Anshin Rosalie Curtis. 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 Laurel Ross
Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago is a robust, lively example of the wonderful flowering of serious Zen practice now happening throughout the United States. Read more
The Cloud Hall renovation is well under way (see the progress), the new roof of the Lindisfarne Guest House is almost complete, and we are excited to reopen for weekend guests at Green Gulch Farm! While reservations in the guest house are limited to weekends only and can be booked up to six weeks in advance, Hope Cottage is available seven days a week and can be booked up to a year in advance. Come enjoy the beautiful views of Green Gulch Valley and the Pacific Ocean from your own private cottage. Please call the Green Gulch Farm front office to reserve your personal retreat: 415.383.3134. Read more
Zen Center, in concert with the Gubbio Project and other local congregations, will be offering breakfast to homeless men and women this summer. The dates for our service are the following Wednesdays: June 18, July 2 and August 6. Read more
In this interview Letitia Bartlett shares a little about her extensive background in yoga and theatre and the unique perspective that this experience brings to her teaching style. Letitia Bartlett will co-lead with Kanzen David Zimmerman Balanced and Awake: Zen and Yoga to Harmonize Mind and Body retreat at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center this summer. Read more
Sooner or later, we all seem to get to a point at which we ask ourselves how do we live a fulfilling life. And yet, so often years go by without our allowing ourselves the time to stop and contemplate what Sessei Meg Levie calls “a deep heart longing to live in a way that feels true and meaningful.”
This is the subject of Sessei Meg Levie’s upcoming True Person Retreat: Discovering the Life You’re Meant to Live. In this interview Meg shares some insights into the process and beauty of finding your own unique path. Read more
Remember getting lost in a line of a poem? Time stops, our thoughts quicken, as we discover the meaning of the line and in the process uncover the meaning of our human experiences, gain wisdom, even be transformed.
That is why it will be such a delight to spend three days this summer with Zoketsu Norman Fischer exploring The Zen Poetry of Philip Whalen and Wallace Stevens. In this brief interview Zen poet and Senior Dharma Teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer discusses the upcoming retreat: Read more