Zenkei Blanche Hartman, “Inconceivable Joy,” a senior dharma teacher and abbess emeritus of San Francisco Zen Center, has been in failing health since a fall in mid-March. After two weeks of intractable pain, she was diagnosed with a broken femur, and received a partial hip replacement on March 26. Though she received physical therapy, good food and rest, she experienced a decline in life energy. Read more
Zen poets for centuries have addressed the experience of aging in ways that may resonate with and clarify our own experience of it. Below are three short teachings selected and illuminated by Jisan Tova Green, who will teach the upcoming three-week class The Zen Poetry of Aging at City Center, July 7-21. A resident priest, Tova is also a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in home and residential hospice settings. Read more
On the weekend of May 30-31, the Zen Center sangha enjoyed a different perspective on the wheel of Dharma. City Center gave a special welcome to bike riders and other human-powered commuters to the Saturday Program, ahead of Sunday’s interfaith ride, which was organized by Zen Center resident Myles Cowherd. Read more
Dear practitioners of the way and members of the wider sangha,
Do you like books? How about incense? Or meditation cushions, or statues, or chatting with interesting people? If any of that sounds like fun to you, consider volunteering at the bookstore. Read more
Summer guest season at Tassajara offers luscious farm-to-table organic vegetarian cuisine that stems from the Zen tradition of attending to our food preparation as mindfully as we attend to our spiritual practice.
This summer, Zagat food guide features one of the recipes we serve in the Tassajara Dining Room in “10 Summer Dishes Worth a Drive in the Bay Area.” The recipe, Enchiladas Rojas, is offered here by its creator and former Tassajara guest cook, Melinda Miller. Read more
“There is no Garden of Eden” was the judgment that greeted me, as an impressionable boy, in the pages of my teenage hero, D.H. Lawrence, “the Hesperides never were.” Lawrence was my hero, though, precisely because he could never stay fixed in any one dogma, and was intensely alive to the limitations of his own perspective. So he continued, “Yet, in our very search for them, we touch the coasts of illusion and come into contact with other worlds.” Read more
Last month when Hoitsu Suzuki Roshi visited the United States, he attended the Mountain Seat Ceremony at Austin Zen Center to install a new abbot. But he also made a visit to San Francisco Zen Center, bringing with him two beautiful instrument boxes. Read more
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