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16
May

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

14
May

June Art Show: Creativity Explored

TRANSCENDENT

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

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11
May

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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10
May

Featured Photo May 17

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

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16
Apr

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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28
Mar

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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15
Feb

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

15
Feb

Like a Fish in a Puddle

Nenju ceremony by Renshin Bunce

by Zenshin Greg Fain, Tanto (head of practice) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

During practice period at Tassajara, on the day before a personal day, we celebrate the ceremony of Nenju, renewing our commitment to practice and anticipating a little extra time to go for a hike, do laundry, what have you. The kokyo or chant leader solemnly intones an invocation for us all, one of which begins:

Carefully listen everyone.

Twenty-five centuries, three years ago, the great Tathagata entered nirvana.

When this day is gone, your life also decreases.

Like a fish in a puddle, what pleasure is there here?

After the events of January 27, I will forever hear those words in a very particular and personal way. Read more

14
Feb

March Art Show: Mark Johnsen

Stone Scrolls

March 1 – 31
Opening reception: Friday, March 2, 7:30 – 9 pm
City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, San Francisco

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12
Feb

Call for applications for SFZC Major Gifts & Legacy Officer

Position Overview: San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is looking for a Major Gifts & Legacy Officer who will be responsible for growing the major gifts program by cultivating and stewarding existing major donors, and especially identifying and qualifying prospects in our database for major gifts potential.

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