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Posts from the ‘Arts & Culture’ Category

8
Jun
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The Background to Philip Whalen’s Jizo Poem

Last week, David Schneider came to City Center to read from his new book about a former City Center resident, Beat poet Philip Whalen. Here is a picture – and a transcript – of a broadside that Philip created in 1981, bordered by six “Siddham” letters drawn by David Schneider.

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25
May
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The Way of Tea at City Center

Sensei Meiya Wender has studied the Way of Tea for many years, including a year at the Urasenke Midorikai program in Kyoto, and teaches Tea in Sowing the Moon Teahouse at Green Gulch. We are fortunate that she is also now offering classes in the art of tea at City Center.

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11
May
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Jane Hirshfield Brings Her Poetry to the Dharma Lamp Circle

The Dharma Lamp Circle, a group of SFZC legacy givers, enjoyed an evening of poetry and connection featuring a reading by Jane Hirshfield, and a ceremonial lighting of lotus lamps led by Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts.

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19
Apr
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Waking Up Again and Again, Until You Really Wake Up

Long-time practitioner and SFZC board member Dennis McNally reckons that, beneath the surface hilarity, Bill Murray’s brilliant Groundhog Day is quietly teaching us the dharma. Unfortunately, he neglected to ask about it when he met the director, Harold Ramis. Read more

13
Apr
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Bob Pizzi: ‘Into the Light: For the Benefit of All Beings’

Bob Pizzi is showing his photographs of Nepal at City Center during the month of April. Here he describes the beauty and vibrancy of Nepal and its people. Read more

23
Mar
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‘Don’t Be a Jerk’, with Brad Warner, April 8

In his new book, Don’t Be a Jerk, radical writer Brad Warner offers an update of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, “a very long, very old book.” He’ll be discussing Don’t Be a Jerk at City Center on April 8; in the meantime, he explains why he thinks Dogen was a punk-rock Buddhist.

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23
Mar
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A Poem in Response to Suzuki Roshi

Award-winning poet Brynn Saito, intrigued by the teachings of Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki, shares with us her poem in response to the master’s teaching. Read more

10
Mar
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Book Sale to Benefit Zen Center Outreach Programs

The Zen Center outreach programs for prisoners, the homeless, indigent families, etc. are largely funded by our twice annual book sales. The upcoming book sale is the week of Saturday, April 2 – Saturday, April 9, 2016 at City Center.

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24
Feb
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‘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
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‘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