It’s like ravens soaring on a ridgeline. . . . it’s comforting to do deep journeys with others nearby.
—dharma buddy in Idaho
A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas
In the Sangha Project, we create ways to help all members of the extended sangha to connect and interact as dharma friends and to engage in Zen practice-related activities together. During the past five months, we have launched several small-scale experiments. Read more
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last . . .
—David Whyte, from “The Opening of Eyes”
A Branching Streams sangha profile by Brenda Liddy Read more
Imagine this body is the only way in which you can awaken.
Last month Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD, gave a public dharma talk based on her new book, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. (See below for another opportunity to hear from Zenju on this same topic.) In a recording of that recent talk, Zenju explains how this work was inspired by her personal study of the Heart Sutra, a familiar and revered text across most Buddhist traditions that is chanted daily at San Francisco Zen Center. Read more
Shown here is a close-up from a wild honeybee nest at Green Gulch. This past winter Green Gulch Farm installed its first log hive in an oak tree to introduce a natural nest habitat for honeybees. Read more
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we raised $1800 for Zen Center’s outreach programs through the recent book sale.
The funds will be used for Buddhist books for prisoners, our food programs for needy men and women and our other efforts in the community.
Earlier this month, a new crop of farm and garden apprentices began their six-month programs at Green Gulch Farm. These vibrant, enthusiastic students, along with other members of the farm and garden crews, maintain the One Farm Season blog, with updates and reflections on their experience. The photo below from Betsy McCall came from a post on July 1 last year, in which she recalled her April start as an apprentice. Her post begins with a quote from Lauren Bouyea (then garden manager): Read more
Celebrate the environment, the community, and general health by joining like-minded citizens of different faiths to tour our beautiful city! Read more
by Laura Burges
Note: Tim Buckley, SFZC alumnus and an early student of Suzuki Roshi, passed away on April 17, 2015 (more info). This article about Tim originally appeared in Sangha News in April 2011. Tim was the leader of the Branching Streams affiliate Green River Zendo in West Bath, Maine. Read more
A Branching Streams sangha profile
Montaña Despierta (Awakened Mountain, in Spanish) is a space dedicated to the practice of Buddhist meditation in the heart of Xalapa, a city located in eastern Mexico. It was founded in 2008 by several spiritual friends that came together under the mentorship and guidance of Dharma Teacher and Central Abbess of San Francisco Zen Center Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts. Since then Montaña Despierta has become a special place, unique in a society that has seemed so alien to the teachings of Buddhism. Read more