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24
Feb

‘How to Enter the Monastery’, a poem by Jisan Tova Green

“The monastery needs/ the road”, writes Zen teacher and poet Jisan Tova Green, who spent many years at Tassajara, where the fourteen-mile entry road discourages all but the most determined of visitors. Read more

24
Feb

‘Without a Compass’: Art Show by Susan Imperial

“My inspiration springs from my feral imagination,” says Susan Imperial, whose work is on show at City Center during the month of March. Everyone is invited to the reception, March 18, 7 pm – 9 pm. Read more

23
Feb

Job Opportunity: Gifts Processing Coordinator

San Francisco Zen Center has a part-time opening for a Gifts Processing Coordinator. This position has significant responsibility in the areas of data and gift entry to ensure that all cash gifts, stock donations, and pledges are accurately recorded in the CRM database and reconciled with the Finance office. Read more

23
Feb

Job Opportunity: Development Database Manager

San Francisco Zen Center is looking for someone with Salesforce Database Management experience to oversee and manage day-to-day donor database activities for our Development Department. We consider our database one of our most valuable assets; it holds 50 years worth of SFZC donor relationships. Read more

17
Feb

Tassajara, A Poem by Mahin Mahdavi

A poem by Mahin Mahdavi, A Tassajara Monk

Far away from the endless sky,
nesting among the sycamore trees,
the little bird sits until her wings develop,
dreaming of flying. Read more

17
Feb

The Rhythm of Tassajara’s Seasons

by Linda Galijan, Director

We are now at the midpoint of the winter practice period, poised between winter and spring. Last night was skit night, full of the joy of friends and community, laughter and music. Tonight is the Parinirvana ceremony, a deeply solemn occasion commemorating the death of the Buddha. Read more

10
Feb

Design the 2016 No Race T-Shirt

It’s the 39th annual Tassajara No Race, and we’re looking for a design to put on this year’s T-shirt. Send us your drawing, and if it’s chosen, it will be unveiled to great acclaim on the day of the No Race.

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10
Feb

Ch-ch-changes: A Buddhist Take on David Bowie

David Bowie’s intuitive grasp of the truth of constant change launched him from an almost-monk into a shape-shifting master of musical ceremony, writes Zen priest and writer Roberta Werdinger as she investigates the way of the Bowie-sattva

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3
Feb

Way-Seeking Heart/Mind through Art: A Retrospective

Long-term practitioner Keiryu Liên Shutt was invited to show her art at City Center this month. As she looks at her life through the prism of her art, she tells us, echoing Pablo Picasso, what she found, rather than what she was looking for Read more

3
Feb

Returning to the Marketplace

At the traditional Zen Center leaving ceremony, the monk is described as returning to the marketplace with gift-bestowing hands. After fifteen years of residential zen training, Shundo David Haye finds himself outside the temple gate and wondering how exactly he can offer those gifts

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