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Posts from the ‘Features’ Category

19
Apr
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Waking Up Again and Again, Until You Really Wake Up

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

23
Mar
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Giver, Receiver and Gift: Cooking Great Food for the Winter Shelter Program

San Francisco Zen Center volunteers came together in the City Center kitchen on three Sundays this year to cook dinner for the San Francisco Interfaith Council’s Winter Shelter Program. Read more

23
Mar
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‘Don’t Be a Jerk’, with Brad Warner, April 8

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.

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24
Feb
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‘How to Enter the Monastery’, a poem by Jisan Tova Green

“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

24
Feb
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‘Without a Compass': Art Show by Susan Imperial

“My inspiration springs from my feral imagination,” says Susan Imperial, whose work is on show at City Center during the month of March. Everyone is invited to the reception, March 18, 7 pm – 9 pm. Read more

17
Feb
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Tassajara, A Poem by Mahin Mahdavi

A poem by Mahin Mahdavi, A Tassajara Monk

Far away from the endless sky,
nesting among the sycamore trees,
the little bird sits until her wings develop,
dreaming of flying. Read more

17
Feb
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The Rhythm of Tassajara’s Seasons

by Linda Galijan, Director

We are now at the midpoint of the winter practice period, poised between winter and spring. Last night was skit night, full of the joy of friends and community, laughter and music. Tonight is the Parinirvana ceremony, a deeply solemn occasion commemorating the death of the Buddha. Read more

10
Feb
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Design the 2016 No Race T-Shirt

It’s the 39th annual Tassajara No Race, and we’re looking for a design to put on this year’s T-shirt. Send us your drawing, and if it’s chosen, it will be unveiled to great acclaim on the day of the No Race.

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10
Feb
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Ch-ch-changes: A Buddhist Take on David Bowie

David Bowie’s intuitive grasp of the truth of constant change launched him from an almost-monk into a shape-shifting master of musical ceremony, writes Zen priest and writer Roberta Werdinger as she investigates the way of the Bowie-sattva

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3
Feb
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Way-Seeking Heart/Mind through Art: A Retrospective

Long-term practitioner Keiryu Liên Shutt was invited to show her art at City Center this month. As she looks at her life through the prism of her art, she tells us, echoing Pablo Picasso, what she found, rather than what she was looking for Read more