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28
Oct

Five Ingredients for Building Sangha

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

Over the past couple of years, a small team led by Do-On Robert Thomas has been working on extending the San Francisco Zen Center sangha more widely out into the world. We call this effort The Sangha Project. Read more

28
Oct

Zenkei Blanche Hartman Graces City Center at Book Reading

The book reading for Seeds for a Boundless Life on Friday, October 16, was a wonderful celebration of Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s teaching. Perhaps the biggest celebration that night was simply having Blanche present. She was warmly applauded as she entered the room on her first return to Zen Center in several months. Read more

28
Oct

Call for Volunteers to Help Publish Recordings of SFZC Dharma Talks

Consider this direct opportunity to make a difference by delivering one of our most widely distributed offerings: help us post a backlog of podcasts online from Tassajara, Green Gulch and City Center. Read more

14
Oct

Nurturing Zazen Mind through Apprenticeships

The Guest Program Plus a New Kitchen Program at Green Gulch

Expanding the options for residential training, the staff at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center are pleased to launch a new Kitchen Apprenticeship Program beginning in February 2016. The program will be offered three times a year in tandem with the periods of the continuing Guest Program Apprenticeship, launched last year. Read more

14
Oct

Season Wraps Up for Farm Apprentices

Last week the farm and garden apprentices completed their six-month program at Green Gulch Farm. Apprentices made up two-thirds of the farm crew, shown below with Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson. Thanks to all on this crew and the garden crew (not shown) for their hard work and practice this season! Read more

13
Oct

Piper Murakami Nominated to Zen Center Board

The Zen Center Board is composed of 12 elected members, who serve three-year terms, as well as a few appointed members, who serve for one year unless reappointed. At the end of this year, one elected seat is coming open, and at its September 16 meeting, the board nominated Piper Murakami to stand for election to fill that seat. Read more

7
Oct

A Fall Message from the Central Abbess: Recent Events and Progress on SFZC Divestment

Dear Friends,

As we turn toward the fall of the year, enter into the practice periods at all three temples, and face the many brutal and senseless actions of our world that harm innocent beings, we once again take refuge in Buddhadharma to guide us in understanding how to act and serve from wisdom and compassion. Read more

7
Oct

The Heart of Silicon Valley: Introducing Zen Heart Sangha

A Branching Streams sangha profile

Zen Heart Sangha was established as a weekly sitting group in 1993 by Shungen Misha Merrill, senior dharma heir of Sensei Les Keido Kaye in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. Since that time, the group has grown in both size and maturity, forming a thriving nonresidential community with about 50 active members. We have practice places in both Menlo Park (Monday evenings) and Woodside (Saturday mornings), California, as well as several retreat days a year in various locations. Read more

7
Oct

Changing of the Guard at Milwaukee Zen Center

On September 20, Milwaukee Zen Center celebrated their 30th anniversary and at the same time greeted their new resident priest and teacher, Reirin Alheidis Gumbel, who “graduated” from Green Gulch Farm Zen Center after 12 years of residency (three of those at Tassajara). Read more

7
Oct

Early Fall News and Reflections from Green Gulch Farm

The lovely bird song of summer is now replaced by occasional bird calls and lots of industrious rustling in bushes and dry grasses. The hills are brown and water is scarce. The air is a little cooler with a suggestion of rain. Read more