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30
Sep
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Shine One Corner of the World—Membership Matters!

The ancient bodhisattvas found joy in doing small things, encouraged by the famous words in the Lotus Sūtra, “to shine one corner of the world.” It is enough if you just shine one corner of the world. That is enough.  —Talk by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Tassajara, 1969 Read more

30
Sep
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Cloud Hall Raffle Drawing Selects Winners and Raises Funds

Following a full summer of ticket sales and heightened anticipation, the final winners were drawn last Sunday for the raffles to benefit Green Gulch’s renovation of Cloud Hall (see a photographic chronicle of the progress on the Renovation and Restoration blog). The raffle raised $18,800 toward the massive project, with $110,000 left to raise. Read more

22
Sep
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Entrepreneur-Humanitarian and Longtime SFZC Supporter Rudolph Hurwich Dies at 92

With select excerpts below from a fuller obituary, we honor Rudy Hurwich for his long relationship with San Francisco Zen Center. He had maintained a personal relationship with Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn at Zen Center since 1979, during Ed’s term as SFZC president. Rudy’s family has kindly named Zen Center as one of the organizations to which donations may be made in his memory.  Read more

22
Sep

Results of Outreach Book Sale

We offer our sincere thanks to all the people who participated in last week’s book sale. Through your generosity, we raised $1917.

This money will be distributed among our various outreach programs, helping to provide books for prisoners, food for homeless men and women, and various other services.

Truly, we could not do it without you.

25
Aug
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Drawing for Cloud Hall Raffle on September 28

The date is finally set for drawing the winning ticket holders in the summer-long raffle supporting the Cloud Hall renovation at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. The drawing will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Green Gulch Farm around 11 am (during tea time after the dharma talk). Be sure to get your tickets now, and please join us for the drawing! Read more

19
Aug
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It Isn’t Easy Being Red, Either: Frog Greeting Green Gulch Creek Restoration is Protected Species

This month as a big portion of the construction on buildings at Green Gulch Farm is wrapping up, the Green Gulch Creek Restoration Project is taking off. This work aims to recreate a more natural meandering course for the creek instead of being restricted by a concrete channel, thus enhancing native riparian habitat for many species and widening the floodplain.

On Wednesday of last week, there was great excitement as a worker discovered a live member of a threatened species that the project aims to benefit: a California red-legged frog. Here are a few images of the strikingly marked creature. Read more

21
Jul
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Furniture Needed for New Cloud Hall Student Housing

The Green Gulch Farm Cloud Hall Student Housing project is nearing completion and we are very excited that some of our Zen students will soon be residing in this renovated space. Read more

13
May
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Working Bicycles Needed at Green Gulch Farm—and More

A list of current needs for donated items on the farm at Green Gulch, by Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson Read more

22
Apr
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Spring Sit-a-Thon 2014: Thanks to You!

Thank you to all who sat, donated, fundraised and volunteered for the Spring Sit-a-Thon that took place on Sunday, April 13.  It was a wonderful day and a big success.  Here are some photos of our day together. Read more

25
Mar
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Spring Sit-a-Thon: A Fundraiser that Builds Community

by Nancy Petrin, Manager of Annual Fund and Membership

Year after year, the San Francisco Zen Center sangha has come together to support its temples, the teachings and the Dharma—and we wouldn’t exist without that support. We keep experimenting with offering ways to support Zen Center that nourish our sense of community along the way—from a “Zenefit” to auctions and raffles. And now the SIT-A-THON. Read more