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16
Dec
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It’s Green Gulch Creek, with a Twist

Photos by Carla Koop

Green Gulch Creek is flowing in its new meandering bed, as shown below. As work for the Creek Restoration Project continues, other organizations are taking part. Last Sunday during the monthly Watershed Work Party Day, this time led by STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), around 100 new alder trees were planted along the bare banks. Earlier this year through the kindness of the National Park Service and the Parks Conservancy, the alders had been harvested from the neighboring valley.  Read more

16
Dec
3rd Unsung Heroes of Compassion ceremony with H.H. the Dalai Lama.

“States of Grace” Hits Bay Area Theaters This January

The new documentary States of Grace hits Bay Area theaters to coincide with the installation of a movable median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge in early January. Dr. Grace Dammann’s life was forever changed when a driver crashed head on into her car during a routine commute across the bridge in 2008. Read more

9
Dec
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Featured Photo, December 10

Congratulations and thanks to Nancy Petrin for serving as shuso for the Fall 2014 Practice Period at City Center, led by City Center Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn. Read more

25
Nov
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Bad Fortune, Good Fortune: A Tale of Luck, Generosity and Gratitude

By Gendo Lucy Xiao

Sometimes the opportunity to be helpful and make a difference in someone’s life falls into your lap—or perhaps your back alley. Here’s a recent story of how opportunity was met at City Center with the many hands of sangha.

It was around 8 a.m. at Golden Gate Bridge. Read more

11
Nov
Photo by Judith Keenan

Featured Photo, November 12

Tassajara Creek, during Fall Work Period (September). Monks are now halfway through the Fall Practice Period at Tassajara, a time for deep settling. Read more

11
Nov
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SF Launch Party for Jane Hirshfield’s New Chapbook

Come meet Jane Hirshfield, poet, essayist, translator, and Zen Center alum and teacher, as she launches her limited edition chapbook of new works. The book, called minus / myness and published by Missing Links Press, is a limited edition chapbook of new works that share titles beginning with “My.” The edition of 150 is letterpress printed in four colors, and hand-sewn and bound in San Francisco, California. Read more

11
Nov
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Volunteers Needed to Transcribe Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s Oral History

A group of teachers and senior students—Mel Weitsman, Victoria Austin, Mary Mocine and Mary Watson—have just completed recording a series of interviews with Zenkei Blanche Hartman. The interviews explored Zen Center’s robe-sewing tradition, Zenkei’s relationships with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Mitsu Suzuki Sensei (Okusan), Zenkei’s family and marriage, her role as abbess, and other topics. All the interviews will be gifted to Zen Center for its archive, and some of the interviews may be shared quite soon with other practice centers, particularly the interviews focused on sewing Buddha’s robe. Read more

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Nov
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Featured Photo, November 5

On Halloween last Friday, City Center held its annual Sejiki Ceremony followed by a costumed dinner. At this annual event, Zen Center hosts a group of kids from Clara House, a neighboring transitional housing facility for families. Read more

28
Oct
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Wearing Buddha’s Robe: The Rakusu

Words from the Wearers
Article by Kogan Sheldon

“What’s that bib you’re wearing?” “This,” the wearer says, “is my rakusu.” Some of us are humorous, some shy or very reverent, some proud or patient, or all of those things—as we show others the many finely stitched panels of the rakusu, our “Buddha bib.” Usually admiration follows, accompanied by an examination of the back of this miniature representation of the robe that Shakyamuni wore. Here the person’s teacher has done calligraphy, perhaps some art as well, and has written the vow-taker’s Dharma name on the white silk facing. A poem may be there, or a koan (teaching challenge). Read more

28
Oct
Combustion #3Gold leaf, shellac, acrylic on wood.2014.

Combustion: Glowing Embers on Display in November’s Watery Art Exhibit

New Paintings by Tim Wicks

November 2014
in the City Center Art Lounge
300 Page Street, San Francisco

Reception: Friday, November 7, 7 – 9 pm Read more