Having featured Branching Streams sangha profiles for four affiliated member groups in far-flung locations over the past several months, Sangha News turns its focus local, to the many Soto Zen groups within the Suzuki Roshi lineage that have sprung up right around SFZC. This first local article provides a flavor for five such sanghas just within the city limits, while future articles are planned to address other parts of the Bay Area. Below are brief descriptions of the colorful San Francisco sangha life from these groups beyond 300 Page Street.* Read more
With this photo, we gratefully acknowledge the group of “archive angels” who descended on Zen Center for a few weeks this summer and left a few days ago. Read more
Text and photos by Shundo David Haye
Zen teacher and photographer Shundo Haye is someone who loves the outdoors. He describes the delightful peculiarities of the Green Gulch terrain and offers a selection of photos from his own explorations in a slideshow below. He co-leads The Inner and Outer Worlds: A Daylong Retreat with Zen, Photography and Hiking, with Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh on Saturday, August 9. Read more
Join author Laura Deutsch and Zen teacher Reirin Gumbel on August 2 for a workshop where fresh writing can grow out of the inspiring natural and contemplative setting. Using Green Gulch as a canvas, delightful and unusual sensory prompts will help writers tap into their best material, enriching memory and story with imagery and detail. Sessions will take place in the garden and zendo in addition to the Wheelwright Center. Read more
Photos by Mei Hung
For the seventh consecutive year, a contingent of residents, sangha members and supporters from San Francisco Zen Center marched in the SF Pride Parade on June 29, with much celebration. Here are a couple snapshots from the day, showing a major portion of the group on the steps as they left City Center for downtown, and our Buddha gliding contentedly down Market Street ahead of the “floating zendo.” Also, for a second year SFZC won an award for “fabulous theme contingent.” Read more
(photos by David Silva)
This past June, one of the creations to come out of the Meditation, Mindfulness and Songwriting retreat, led by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Janet Gilmore, Al Staehely and Seido Jamie Howell, was an evening musical performance.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, award-winning musician and songwriter, and Seido Jamie Howell, lay dharma entrustment Zen priest, grew up on the same block in Lubbock, Texas, and went to school together. Having never lost their connection over the years, Seido Jamie came up with the idea to have a songwriting retreat at Tassajara, and to stage the evening’s performance.
I was intensely interested in the teaching of Suzuki Roshi and the practice of meditation, because I thought that it had a transformative power that was, to me, amazing. —Narcissus Quagliata
Photos by Chris Shelton Read more
by Amity Bacon, Volunteer Writer
Photos by Shundo David Haye
Every Tuesday night, the Buddha Hall’s tatami mats are covered with Bay Area 20- and 30-somethings who gather as a sangha. Several join the group sporadically throughout the year, some attend monthly if not weekly, and some can’t seem to stay away. Meeting together for an evening of guided meditation and dharma text readings or exercises, they always hold lively discussions that explore the practice of Zen. They’re called Young Urban Zen (YUZ), and this month their weekly gathering enters its third year. Read more
A Branching Streams sangha profile. This series of articles introduces sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.
by Dario Doshin Girolami
Centro Zen L’Arco is right on top of the hill from where Emperor Nero watched the great fire of Rome, and five minutes’ walk from the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. Read more