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18
Feb
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The Spirit of Zen: Keiryu Liên Shutt on Wise Effort and Non-Doing

The following reflection by Keiryu Liên Shutt was extracted from a talk she gave in 2008 titled “What I Love about Zen.” Read more

18
Feb
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The Environment Is a Field of Practice: A Swarm of Recent Events at Green Gulch Farm

I feel absolutely committed to the often-awkward work of agitating for greater awareness of the severe crisis our species has wrought upon the planet, much the same as I am committed to acknowledging my own mistakes and confusions.  —Qayyum Johnson

Several recent events at or involving Green Gulch Farm have underscored both the concern felt at Zen Center for the environment and the wonderful partnerships forged by leaders at Zen Center to express that concern. Here are a few notes about what has been going on, with links to related content. Read more

21
Jan
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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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Ceremony Opens a New Hall at Green Gulch As Renovation Project Nears an End

It’s a new year, and time to celebrate new and improved facilities, the fruits of last year’s labor. After nine months of renovating existing structures and building new ones throughout 2014, more of the visions of Zen Center’s Widening the Circle Capital Campaign have become realities, this time at Green Gulch Farm. These buildings are now being enjoyed by staff, residents and visitors as improved living, working, learning and practice spaces. Read more

14
Jan
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Like Waves Rippling Out from Stillness: An Introduction to Ocean Gate Zen Center, Santa Cruz

A Branching Streams sangha profile by Steve Palmisano

Ocean Gate Zen Center is located on the central coast of California in the small beach town of Capitola, adjacent to Santa Cruz. Our name reminds us that the Buddha Way is an endeavor as expansive and deep as the ocean. As those who aspire to embody the bodhisattva path we have come together to create community: a gate through which we can enter and sustain Zen practice. It is our intention to warmly welcome everyone who comes to Ocean Gate. Read more

6
Jan
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Bridging Monastic and Urban Practice: The Online Practice Period

What pleasantly surprised me with regard to the online practice period was the experience of it being a bridge between monastic and urban practice, while providing a sense of intimacy and safety that developed instantly.  —Maura McAleenan

by Lydia Linker, Online Programs Coordinator

The ways that technology makes our world smaller are reaching even to monastic-style practice. 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

28
Oct
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Wearing Buddha’s Robe: The Rakusu

Words from the Wearers
Article by Kogan Sheldon

“What’s that bib you’re wearing?” “This,” the wearer says, “is my rakusu.” Some of us are humorous, some shy or very reverent, some proud or patient, or all of those things—as we show others the many finely stitched panels of the rakusu, our “Buddha bib.” Usually admiration follows, accompanied by an examination of the back of this miniature representation of the robe that Shakyamuni wore. Here the person’s teacher has done calligraphy, perhaps some art as well, and has written the vow-taker’s Dharma name on the white silk facing. A poem may be there, or a koan (teaching challenge). Read more

21
Oct
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Practicing with Issues of Misconduct, Conflict and Reconciliation at San Francisco Zen Center

A Message to the SFZC Sangha (Residents, Employees and the Wider Sangha) from Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts, President Susan O’Connell and Director of People Development Mark Lancaster

Recently, such as at the community meeting with the Zen Center Board on September 17, there have been a number of questions raised about how conflict is handled at Zen Center and, in particular, how allegations of serious misconduct are investigated and how we work with the aspect of confidentiality that surrounds such investigations. Read more

21
Oct
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Zen Student Reports on Climate March and Develops Environmentally Focused Events at SFZC

There’s a collective urgency now, which I hope is enough to inspire sitting and action.

The above quote captures the tone from a presentation on October 3 by City Center resident Milo Burn after his return from the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21. Milo traveled there on “the Climate Train,” which made the cross-country trip an event in itself, as 170 activists spent travel time together in workshops and inspiring each other, all while on board Amtrak. Read more