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31
Jan

TassNow: Looking forward to the Summer Guest Season, friends!

Keep your eyes open for midweek availability (it is abundant) and avoid the busiest times (all of July, and popular retreats) to get the best chance at your first choice. See you soon!

27
Jan

How Blanche is Doing, by Abbot Ed Sattizahn

Dear Sangha,

I’d like to share a brief update on Blanche. She is still living at AgeSong, after deciding not to relocate to another assisted living community in San Francisco. She has become comfortable with the surroundings at AgeSong, as well as with their staff. Read more

27
Jan

Shindo Gita Gayatri is Our New Shuso

This morning, Wednesday, January 27, Shindo Gita Gayatri accepted the invitation to be the shuso (head student) for the Winter 2016 practice period led by her teacher, Ryushin Paul Haller, at City Center. The benji (shuso’s attendant) will be Juan Angel.

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27
Jan

Love is Vast and Wide: Gratitude and Generosity

Artist Susan Spencer tells the intimate story of her 20 years of practice, how she met her late teacher Darlene Cohen, and why she has decided to make a gift to SFZC in her will.

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20
Jan

Two New Teachers Receive Dharma Transmission

Last week, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and Konin Melissa Cardenas completed their dharma transmission ceremonies and officially became dharma heirs in the lineage of Suzuki-roshi.

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20
Jan

Bernie Glassman, by his Student Michael O’Keefe

Last week, Zen Peacemaker Bernie Glassman suffered a massive stroke and was rushed to the hospital. As this inspirational teacher recovers, his student, actor and Zen priest Michael O’Keefe, says: “I love him more than you can know.”

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20
Jan

Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts Attends Okusan’s Funeral

“So many of you expressed your love for and remembrances of Mitsu Suzuki upon hearing of her death on January 9, 2016 that I wanted to tell you about the beautiful ceremonies that were held for her in Japan, which I attended,” writes Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts.

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12
Jan

Toasting the New Year at City Center

On New Year’s Day 2016, the big bell began ringing at 7:45 am at City Center to signal the start of the New Year’s Day ceremony – a relatively late start for us, but many of us had been up past midnight sitting zazen and ringing in the New Year with the traditional 108 bells.

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12
Jan

Jukai Precepts Ceremony for Seven Bodhisattvas

On Saturday, January 9, auspiciously early in the year, seven bodhisattvas received the precepts and donned “Buddha’s Robe”, six of them for the first time and one for the second time.

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9
Jan

Mitsu Suzuki Passes Away, Aged 101

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Suzuki Roshi’s widow, Mitsu ‘Okusan’ Suzuki, early Saturday January 9, 2015. The three temples rang the densho 108 times that morning, and each temple held a memorial service to honor her passing and express gratitude for her teachings and her presence in San Francisco Zen Center.

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