The Contemplative Caregiver Course uses the teachings of mindfulness and turning towards what’s difficult to cultivate a Zen approach to aging, sickness, and dying. Here, some of the participants in the course express their deepening understanding of service. Read more
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
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
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
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