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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
“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