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Apr

TassNow: Kicking off the 2015 Guest Season

Come to Tassajara early in the season and enjoy springtime in theLos Padres National Forest!

Between April 30 and May 11, we have a smattering of single-night (weekdays, Sun-Thu) availability in our Creekside cabins. Longer stays have become available in Mountain Path cabins, Redwood cabins (including Redwood Tatami cabins), Courtyard Rooms, and Sycamore cabins. Dorm and shared housing options available as well. Book soon! They will go quickly!

For the single night of Sunday May 14, we have many cabins and dorm beds available.

Space is still available in the following retreats:

  • Zen and Swimming Dragon Tai Chi(April 30 – May 7), only 2 spots in shared housing (women only) left!
  • Loving the Mountains (May 3-6)
  • Wildflowers and Birds of Tassajara (May 7-10)

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15
Apr

Debunking Three Myths of Practice

Three short videos with Do-On Robert Thomas

Myth 1 [Myth 2] [Myth 3]

The Buddha said, Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on the present moment. Zen is the practice of meeting this moment. The Buddha discovered that by being completely and fully in the present moment, we can wake up to our true natureour Buddha-nature.

In this short video below (3 minutes), SFZC dharma teacher Do-On Robert Thomas unpacks the first of three myths around what it takes to practice Zen. Read more

15
Apr

Dr. Grace Dammann Reflects on the Experience of Filming States of Grace

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center resident Grace Dammann, MD, survived a near-fatal head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008. After more than seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, she miraculously awakened with her mental facilities intact; her body, however, was left shattered. Read more

15
Apr

Whats a Black Bodhisattva to Do?

by Kyva Holman

After an incident occurred close to home, Green Gulch resident Kyva Holman reflects carefully on how to juggle myriad considerations where race and Buddhist practice intersect with the complex conditions of our modern world. Kyva shares his personal perspective through the invitation of SFZCs Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee.

For some, taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is not abstraction. Its front-and-center reality. But what if that refuge is breached? Read more

15
Apr

Congratulations to GGF and Tassajara Shusos

Qayyum Johnson served as shuso (head student) at Green Gulch Farm for its Spring 2015 Practice Period, led by Abiding Abbess Furyu Schoeder. Both are pictured below after the Shuso Ceremony on Monday, April 6, which closed the practice period at the end of a seven-day sesshin. Read more