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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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12
Jan

Sanctuary Education and Action Meeting

Featuring Kehillah Community Synagogue’s Rabbi and leaders

January 18, 7:30 – 9 pm
City Center Dining Room, 300 Page Street, 94102
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12
Jan

Introducing Open Zen Community

A Branching Streams sangha profile, introducing one of the many sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

Open Zen Community is a small and dedicated Sangha of lay practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area. All of us work full-time as part of our practice.

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12
Jan

Introducing Milwaukee Zen Center

Kokyoan – Lake Mirror Hermitage

A Branching Streams sangha profile, introducing one of the many sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

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4
Dec

Featured Photo: December 7

Dawn from the rooftop of San Francisco Zen Center’s Beginner’s Mind Temple in San Francisco.

Photograph by Shundo David Haye and “Right Speech” calligraphy by Gendo Lucy Xiao.

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1
Dec

Sanctuary Today: Exploring Sanctuary and Action – An Evening of Education and Discussion

Thursday, December 14, 7:30 to 9 pm
City Center Dining Room, 300 Page Street, SF

San Francisco Zen Center invites you to a presentation by two young immigrants who will discuss the challenges they and others who are undocumented are facing.

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28
Nov

Year-end Greetings from the Abbatial Leadership, Teachers, and Zen Center Community

Dear Dharma Friends,

Today’s fast-paced and painfully polarized world presents special challenges for all of us committed to the Dharma practice of “right speech.” For most of us this is particularly true in the digital realm where there is a strong impulse to react immediately.

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9
Nov

Support the San Francisco Food Bank

During the holiday season, San Francisco Zen Center will be hosting a food drive in collaboration with the San Francisco Food Bank. A large barrel in the City Center lobby is available to receive your donations of nonperishable food items (no glass containers). Donations of food will be accepted through December.

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