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Posts from the ‘Arts & Culture’ Category

21
Jan
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Featured Photo, January 21

This snapshot from the spring of 2011 captures Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller appreciating the beginner’s mind of his grandson, Marcello, in a procession for Buddha’s Birthday in Koshland Park, across the street from City Center. Read more

21
Jan
The Berlin neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte.

Introducing Akazienzendo Berlin: A Home in the Middle of Impermanence

A Branching Streams sangha profile by Ed Velasco

Our center is called Akazienzendo, “zendo under the acacias,” and is named after the trees that shade the street on which it is located in Berlin. We see the image of the acacia tree as a symbol that stands for a blossoming of the dharma. Read more

14
Jan
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City Center Joins Neighborhood in Vigil After Four Shot on Our Corner

Last Friday evening, four young men were shot and killed near City Center’s street corner in San Francisco. For Zen Center residents and neighbors, it was a shocking reminder of the tragic violence that plagues our neighborhoods and cities. With heavy hearts we offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Read more

14
Jan
Chanoyu
should be made with the heart,
not with the hand.
Make it without making it,
in the stillness of your mind.	
—Hamamoto Soshun (d.1986)

The Way of Tea at City Center

The Japanese tradition of chanoyu (literally “hot water for tea”) developed centuries ago, heavily influenced by Zen practice, by the understanding that there is no separation between our ordinary practical life (eg, cleaning the tearoom, making a bowl of tea) and our spiritual life. Read more

14
Jan
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New Barrier on Golden Gate Bridge Fulfills Advocacy Work of Resident Grace Damman

Last weekend, the Golden Gate Bridge was closed for nearly two days, the longest closure in its history, to install a robust median barrier between traffic moving in opposite directions. Green Gulch resident Grace Damman has been making a push for this addition since a horrific accident on the bridge in 2008 that severely injured her and left her disabled. Read more

13
Jan
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Sounds True Presents Wake Up San Francisco, March 28

San Francisco Zen Center shares the following information about a local event that may be of interest to you. Read more

6
Jan
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Clear Water Zendo Turns 15: Introducing the Vallejo Zen Center

A Branching Streams sangha profile by Mary Mocine

Clear Water is a rather small event, in the northeast corner of San Francisco Bay where the Carquinez Straight and the Napa River come together. That is why we are named water. The name comes from the Dogen poem “Zazenshin”: Read more

6
Jan
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Congratulations to Fall Shusos

Congratulations and thanks go to the shusos (head students) who helped lead the fall practice periods in 2014: Maria Linsao, under Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts at Tassajara, and Simon Moyes, under Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson at Green Gulch Farm. (Nancy Petrin, under Abbot Ed Sattizahn at City Center, was previously featured in Sangha News here.) The shusos are pictured below with their teachers following their respective Shuso Ceremonies at the end of the practice periods last month. Read more

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