Come to Tassajara early in the season and enjoy springtime in the Los Padres National Forest!
Between April 30 and May 11, we have a smattering of single-night (weekdays, Sun-Thu) availability in our Creekside cabins. Longer stays have become available in Mountain Path cabins, Redwood cabins (including Redwood Tatami cabins), Courtyard Rooms, and Sycamore cabins. Dorm and shared housing options available as well. Book soon! They will go quickly!
For the single night of Sunday May 14, we have many cabins and dorm beds available.
Space is still available in the following retreats:
- Zen and Swimming Dragon Tai Chi (April 30 – May 7), only 2 spots in shared housing (women only) left!
- Loving the Mountains (May 3-6)
- Wildflowers and Birds of Tassajara (May 7-10)
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center resident Grace Dammann, MD, survived a near-fatal head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008. After more than seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, she miraculously awakened with her mental facilities intact; her body, however, was left shattered. Read more
Qayyum Johnson served as shuso (head student) at Green Gulch Farm for its Spring 2015 Practice Period, led by Abiding Abbess Furyu Schoeder. Both are pictured below after the Shuso Ceremony on Monday, April 6, which closed the practice period at the end of a seven-day sesshin. Read more
Congratulations and thanks to Tim Kroll for serving as shuso (head student) for the Winter 2015 Practice Period at City Center, led by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller. Both are pictured below after the Shuso Ceremony on Saturday, March 28, which closed the practice period at the end of a seven-day sesshin. Read more
Book Review for Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender
Published by Wisdom Publications, 2015
Review by Shahara Godfrey
Reverend Zenju Earthlyn Manuel has written a thoughtful and poignant book titled The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. As a black lesbian Zen priest, she invites us to explore awakening through the challenges of race, sexuality and gender. Her audacious, fearless, courageous Buddhist framework reflects the potential for love and healing in a way rarely addressed within spiritual communities. Read more
The first in a series of monthly updates on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas
Can we use technology to wake up and experience liberation? Zen has a long tradition of using disruptive practices to wake up. Just sitting, or zazen—the core of Zen practice—is an exceedingly simple and deeply transformational practice that asks us to sit still and think not-thinking. What could be more disruptive? In the Sangha Project, we are exploring how cutting-edge technology might be used to cut through the conditioned habits and values that perpetuate suffering. These explorations and discoveries are the focus of this new monthly feature. Read more
Zen Center’s Branching Streams network is branching out in a new way. A website was launched earlier this month that is dedicated to affiliate sanghas, offering the network’s growing membership new ways of supporting one another. SFZC Branching Streams Liaison Steve Weintraub says he looks forward to watching how extensive use of the website will contribute to further “knitting our practice at the different centers together.” Read more