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10
Feb
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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
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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
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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

1
Feb
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Mitsu Suzuki Sensei Memorial at City Center

The Abbatial Leadership of San Francisco Zen Center will host a memorial service for Mitsu Suzuki Sensei, poet, beloved tea teacher, and wife of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, in the Buddha Hall at City Center, at 3pm on Saturday, February 27.  All are invited; please respond to ggfabbessassist@sfzc.org if you plan to attend. (Street parking near City Center is very limited. Please carpool or take public transit if possible.)

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27
Jan
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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
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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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12
Jan
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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
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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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29
Dec
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Watching Fire: A Reflection from Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts

This year the abbatial leaders focused on the power of fire in their year-end message, encouraging us to be careful with fire in order to promote its benefits and mitigate harmful effects. On New Year’s Eve, our tradition at both City Center and Green Gulch includes a bonfire, which is tended carefully after midnight.

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29
Dec
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Congratulations, Fall 2015 Tassajara Shuso

The fall 2015 practice period at Tassajara saw Djinn Gallagher running the wake-up bell at 3:45 every morning as shuso (head monk). The Shuso Ceremony (also called Hossenshiki, which translates as “dharma combat”) on December 18 was the culmination of her three months of monastic training, and launches her into the next stage of her practice as a teacher.

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