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December 16, 2015

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Congratulations to Shusos at City Center and Green Gulch

Shuso ceremonies closed the fall practice periods at both City Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center recently, launching the head students (shusos) for each practice period into a new chapter of Zen practice as budding teachers. Congratulations and best wishes to both.

Zenkai Curtis Fabens served as shuso at City Center, where the practice period titled “Zen Is Our Everyday Life” was led by Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn. Curtis’s teacher, Zenshin Greg Fain, tanto (head of practice) at Tassajara, was an honored guest at the Shuso Ceremony on December 5.

L to R: Stacey Greenblatt (benji, or attendant to shuso), Zenkai Curtis Fabens, Abiding Abbot Ed Sattizahn, Tassajara Tanto Greg Fain.

L to R: Stacey Greenblatt (benji, or attendant to shuso), Zenkai Curtis Fabens, Abiding Abbot Ed Sattizahn, Tassajara Tanto Greg Fain.

 

Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, visiting from Chicago, was shuso at Green Gulch, where the practice period titled “A Great Mass of Fire: The Teaching of Suchness” was led by Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson. Laurie trains and assists at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, a Branching Steams affiliate group in Chicago led by Taigen Dan Leighton. Her teacher, Taiyo Lipscomb, is Tenshin’s dharma heir and a former longtime Green Gulch resident who lives in the Bay Area. He was an honored guest at Laurie’s Shuso Ceremony on December 7. The shuso’s attendant, Choro Carla Antonnacio, was also a visiting student from another Branching Streams sangha, Chapel Hill Zen Center in North Carolina.

L to R: Outgoing Green Gulch Tanto Yo-on Jeremy Levie, Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts, Taiyo Lipscomb, Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, attendant, Abiding Abbess Furyu Schroeder.

L to R: Outgoing Green Gulch Tanto Yo-on Jeremy Levie, Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts, Taiyo Lipscomb, Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, Hogetsu Laurie Belzer, Choro Carla Antonnacio (benji), Abiding Abbess Furyu Schroeder.

Participants in the 66th practice period at Green Dragon Temple.

Participants in the 66th practice period at Green Dragon Temple.

Laurie with the general labor crew for the practice period.

Laurie with the general labor crew for the practice period.

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Photo credits: CC photos by Allison Tait; GGF shuso photos by Karena Franses; GGF practice period photo by Sara Tashker.

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  1. William Hummel
    Dec 17 2015

    WONDERFUL…

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