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Posts from the ‘Giving’ Category


Why Did You Become a Member of SFZC?

Our members provide vital financial support so that we may continue to offer free public programs, talks, and daily sittings to all those who seek the Dharma. What motivates people to become members of San Francisco Zen Center? Read more


Books for Outreach Fund-Raising Sale

There is a Book Sale October 22 – 31 in the City Center mail hallway. All sales are by anonymous donation. We are still accepting donations of books for the sale, which helps to support San Francisco Zen Center’s outreach programs. Read more


Plan to Make a Difference

Legacy Giving and Estate Planning for Everyone
Sunday, July 31, 2016 3:00 – ­ 4:30 pm
Abacus Wealth Partners, 101 S. Main Street, Sebastopol
No charge

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Remembering Hiroshima with 1,000 Cranes

In commemoration of Hiroshima Day, August 6, we invite you to join us in creating 1,000 origami cranes, long associated with the desire for world peace.

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Jane Hirshfield Brings Her Poetry to the Dharma Lamp Circle

The Dharma Lamp Circle, a group of SFZC legacy givers, enjoyed an evening of poetry and connection featuring a reading by Jane Hirshfield, and a ceremonial lighting of lotus lamps led by Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts.

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Cultivating Sangha in the Rain

When the heavens opened on April 9, we worried that the pouring rain, dense fog, and deep, slippery mud at Green Gulch Farm might dampen the Zen-a-thon spirit. Instead, we discovered how community blossomed.   Read more


Book Sale to Benefit Zen Center Outreach Programs

The Zen Center outreach programs for prisoners, the homeless, indigent families, etc. are largely funded by our twice annual book sales. The upcoming book sale is the week of Saturday, April 2 – Saturday, April 9, 2016 at City Center.

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Design the 2016 No Race T-Shirt

It’s the 39th annual Tassajara No Race, and we’re looking for a design to put on this year’s T-shirt. Send us your drawing, and if it’s chosen, it will be unveiled to great acclaim on the day of the No Race.

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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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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.)


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