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23
Dec

Generosity and Gratitude

“Of the four methods of guidance of a bodhisattva, the first teaching is giving, or dana. Dana is the first perfection—dana paramita. That gives you the feeling for the importance of generosity,” says Senior Dharma Teacher Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Read more

16
Dec

It’s Green Gulch Creek, with a Twist

Photos by Carla Koop

Green Gulch Creek is flowing in its new meandering bed, as shown below. As work for the Creek Restoration Project continues, other organizations are taking part. Last Sunday during the monthly Watershed Work Party Day, this time led by STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), around 100 new alder trees were planted along the bare banks. Earlier this year through the kindness of the National Park Service and the Parks Conservancy, the alders had been harvested from the neighboring valley.  Read more

16
Dec

“States of Grace” Hits Bay Area Theaters This January

The new documentary States of Grace hits Bay Area theaters to coincide with the installation of a movable median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge in early January. Dr. Grace Dammann’s life was forever changed when a driver crashed head on into her car during a routine commute across the bridge in 2008. Read more

9
Dec

Attending to the Issue of Racism in Our Life and Community

Dear Sangha,

I join millions of people in this country and throughout the world in my sorrow and deep outrage at the long-standing injustices—large and small—towards minority communities in our cities and suburban areas. The disintegration of trust, the fear and the corrosive relationships involving law enforcement and people of color cry out for our attention. What will it take for each of us to bring renewed attention to the issues of racism in our life and community, our karmic conditioning and our own actions? Read more

9
Dec

Featured Photo, December 10

Congratulations and thanks to Nancy Petrin for serving as shuso for the Fall 2014 Practice Period at City Center, led by City Center Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn. Read more

9
Dec

Call for Applications: New Vice President Position

The San Francisco Zen Center Board is seeking to fill a position with new responsibilities, vice president for operations—someone who would act as a senior manager for administrative matters and report directly to the president of Zen Center. We anticipate that the position will commence in the first quarter of 2015. Read more

9
Dec

Call for Applications: Part-Time Tassajara Reservations Specialist Needed

Update as of 12/17/2014: position filled
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(January 5, 2015 – September 13, 2015)

San Francisco Zen Center is a collection of three practice centers offering Zen meditation, training and programs in San Francisco, Marin and Carmel Valley. We have an opening at our San Francisco center for a part-time reservations specialist for Tassajara (our Carmel Valley location). Read more

8
Dec

Early Student Frances Thompson Passes Away

SFZC alumnus Frances Anne Thompson passed away November 28 in San Francisco. Fran was an early student of Suzuki Roshi, the second tenzo (head of kitchen) at Tassajara, and the illustrator of the first Tassajara Bread Book. Read more