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Vietnamese Nuns Visit Tassajara

Inspiring Presence of Ni Su Thuan Tue and Vietnamese Truc Lam Zen
by Keiryu Liên Shutt

In mid-June, I was fortunate to be able to bring Ni Su Thuan Tue and her Thien Vien Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest Vietnamese Zen) contingent to Tassajara, thanks to Tanto Greg Fain’s invitation for her to offer teaching to the students.

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Green Gulch Hosts Vigil at ICE Jail to Support Immigrant Detainees

Saturday, July 7
West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806
9:30 am – 10:30 am — Zazen
11 am – noon — Ceremonies, Teachings, and Testimonials

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SFZC Supports SZBA Statement Condemning Separation of Immigrant Children from Their Parents

San Francisco Zen Center joins with others throughout the country to deplore the cruel practice of separating families seeking asylum at our borders.

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Letter from Central Abbess: Abbatial Changes in 2019

Dear Sangha Friends,

I am very happy to announce to the wider sangha changes coming up next year in the Abbatial Leadership at San Francisco Zen Center. Upon recommendation of the Elders Council, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically has invited Tenzen David Zimmerman to become the next Abiding Abbot of City Center. Read more


June Art Show: Creativity Explored


Reception: Friday, June 1, 7:30 pm, City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, SF

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Book Event with Tim Burkett: Zen in the Age of Anxiety

Dharma Talk and Book Signing – Zen in the Age of Anxiety: Wisdom for Navigating Our Modern Lives

Saturday, September 15, 10 am – noon
City Center, 300 Page Street, SF

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Featured Photo May 17

Sweet peas at Green Gulch Farm, summer 2017. Photo by Clare Hollander.

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Sea of Suffering – The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar (Burma)

Sunday, May 6, 5 – 7 pm
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley Avenue

This is a rare opportunity to hear many concerned and deeply informed people speak to the suffering in this Buddhist country. There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcome for Rohingya Muslim relief and interfaith dialog in Myanmar.

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Become a Member of San Francisco Zen Center

“Vast intentions for universal awakening, social justice leadership, honest work, excellent teachers and program offerings and loving community practice.”  —What motivates Qayyum to be a member since 2006

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The Still Point by Mary Mocine

The title of my retreat at Tassajara is “Finding Stillness Amid the Storm of Legal Practice.” This notion of stillness is central to a useful law practice, I believe. It is not a static or sort of dead stillness. It is instead alert and willing and ready, yet balanced and grounded. Implicit here is a great freedom that arises from nonattachment. Read more