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Posts from the ‘Giving’ Category

29
Jun
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Message from the Hartman Family on Crowdfunding for Blanche

Dear Sangha and Friends of Blanche:

Recently a crowdfunding site was set up to raise money for Blanche’s care. Since this site was launched, there have been some posts shared through the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, American Zen Teachers Association and other groups, that are both inaccurate and, in several cases, derogatory of San Francisco Zen Center. In particular, there is a statement on the Lion’s Roar website which seems to indicate that Blanche is $100,000 in debt, which is not true. Read more

27
May
The obonsho outside the zendo at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center (photo: Shundo David Haye).

Raising a Bell Tower: A Message from Arlene Lueck

Dear Friends,

For those of you who have written, called and otherwise reached out, thank you so much for your kindness and your expressions of support and love of Daigan. Read more

26
May

Important Announcement for Members: Please Read

Dear Dharma Friend:

We are profoundly grateful for your continued support of San Francisco Zen Center. Your contributions support the practice of so many people in our local temples and throughout the world. Thank you.

Due to an unavoidable change in computer systems, we need to re-enroll all members who make recurring credit card payments. Please accept our sincere apology for any inconvenience. Read more

20
May
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Ethics and Investments: A Message from the Central Abbess

Dear Friends,

With the help of so many benefactors and donors in the last few years, San Francisco Zen Center has, for the first time, been able to create an endowment. This fund will be a major help to sustain and support our beautiful practice places, teachers, students and programs. Along with the endowment comes the imperative to study and be clear about our commitment to ethical investing while responsibly stewarding this great gift to the sangha. Read more

13
May

Results of Outreach Book Sale—with a Deep Bow of Gratitude

ZMC_flowerThanks to the generosity of our donors, we raised $1800 for Zen Center’s outreach programs through the recent book sale.

The funds will be used for Buddhist books for prisoners, our food programs for needy men and women and our other efforts in the community.

 

18
Mar
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Green Gulch Farm Projects Completed

Thank you for supporting these projects, from the SFZC Development Office Read more

14
Jan
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Ceremony Opens a New Hall at Green Gulch As Renovation Project Nears an End

It’s a new year, and time to celebrate new and improved facilities, the fruits of last year’s labor. After nine months of renovating existing structures and building new ones throughout 2014, more of the visions of Zen Center’s Widening the Circle Capital Campaign have become realities, this time at Green Gulch Farm. These buildings are now being enjoyed by staff, residents and visitors as improved living, working, learning and practice spaces. Read more

13
Jan
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Thank You from Linda Ruth, Ed and Fu

As the New Year begins
as we find ourselves right in the midst of the muddy water
at this time of profound questioning and studying our actions, our lives and our relationship to the world
you have shown what is important to you by supporting San Francisco Zen Center. Read more

23
Dec
L-R: David Zimmerman (Program Director), Blanche Hartman (Senior Dharma Teacher), Djinn Gallagher (Meditation Hall Manager), and Jennifer Orr (Senior Development Associate).

Generosity and Gratitude

“Of the four methods of guidance of a bodhisattva, the first teaching is giving, or dana. Dana is the first perfection—dana paramita. That gives you the feeling for the importance of generosity,” says Senior Dharma Teacher Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Read more

25
Nov
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Our Teachers and Students Need Your Continued Support

Many of us regard San Francisco Zen Center as a place of refuge and replenishment. We take refuge in this community, in our shared practice, and in these places that nourish us. Your support makes it possible for us to be here for you and for others.

Chris Fortin, a Zen priest in the Everyday Zen community who leads the Women’s Lotus Sangha in Sebastopol, remembers when she first came to Zen Center: Read more