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 Centerâ€™s outreach programs. Read more
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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Please consider making a year-end donation to support our community practice.
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