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Posts from the ‘Giving’ Category

27
Jan
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Love is Vast and Wide: Gratitude and Generosity

Artist Susan Spencer tells the intimate story of her 20 years of practice, how she met her late teacher Darlene Cohen, and why she has decided to make a gift to SFZC in her will.

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29
Dec

Day in the Life: Seven Tiny Videos from SFZC

Enjoy these gentle Zen moments from our daily life at SFZC, from zazen to beekeeping to organic farming, accompanied by such delightful soundtracks as Rev. Tova Green performing Bach on her cello, students chanting as they prepare to eat a formal oryoki meal, and Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. (Each snippet ends with a brief credits sequence, so stay tuned.)

 

Please consider making a year-end donation to support our community practice.

 

16
Dec
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Day in the Life, Part 2

Practice takes many forms. We may meditate at home before a full day of work, we may practice while taking care of our children or aging parents, we may volunteer to help our communities, we may be a resident at a local temple, we may listen to dharma talks during our commute. In the myriad ways intention can be expressed, together we support each other. Read more

9
Dec
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Day in the Life, Part 1

Practice takes many forms. We may meditate at home before a full day of work, we may practice while taking care of our children or aging parents, we may volunteer to help our communities, we may be a resident at a local temple, we may listen to dharma talks during our commute. In the myriad ways intention can be expressed, together we support each other.

We interviewed four sangha members to learn about their experiences with practice in daily life. Below are some reflections from two of these members. Read more

18
Nov
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Being Careful with Fire

By recalling an old firewatch tradition, this Japanese art piece imparts an important message for today from our founder.

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18
Nov
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Giving Tuesday

Save the Date: December 1

It is easy to forget that the holidays are a time of giving and generosity. Join San Francisco Zen Center on social media on December 1 as we take part in #GivingTuesday, a day created to remind us to give back to the causes we care about. Read more

3
Nov
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Food Drive at City Center

This year, as in years past, we will be collecting food in the lobby of City Center to be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank. Read more

7
Oct
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A Fall Message from the Central Abbess: Recent Events and Progress on SFZC Divestment

Dear Friends,

As we turn toward the fall of the year, enter into the practice periods at all three temples, and face the many brutal and senseless actions of our world that harm innocent beings, we once again take refuge in Buddhadharma to guide us in understanding how to act and serve from wisdom and compassion. Read more

6
Oct
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Membership Meeting on October 23

Dear Members:

We are happy to announce that this year the membership meeting will be live streamed so that you may join from anywhere in the world!   Read more

30
Sep
Group of students at Tassajara in the fall 1967, with Suzuki Roshi (center) and Kobun Chino Roshi (behind). If you were there too, can you spot Dot? (Photo by Minoru Aoki.)

Memoir from the Early Days

From SFZC member Dot Kostriken

Dr. Dorothy Kostriken, a longtime member of San Francisco Zen Center, shares some memories about some of the earliest days at Tassajara in 1967, practicing with Suzuki Roshi, and how these days, at age 81, she is relating to Zen practice and to SFZC. The first practice period at Tassajara was held in 1967, and tangaryo would take place more often than it does now, for anyone interested in joining the students for any extended time. Tangaryo, a kind of traditional sitting initiation at a monastery, would last from one to three days at Tassajara during that time.
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