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17
Apr

TassNow: Kicking off the 2015 Guest Season

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)

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15
Apr
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Dr. Grace Dammann Reflects on the Experience of Filming States of Grace

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

15
Apr
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Congratulations to GGF and Tassajara Shusos

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

31
Mar
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Congratulations to City Center Shuso

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

24
Mar
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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

24
Mar
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Zen’s Disruptive Tradition

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

24
Mar

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (3/18/15)

The Zen Center Board met on March 18 at Greens Restaurant. Read more

18
Mar
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New Website Launched as Hub for Branching Streams Affiliates

Visit branchingstreams.sfzc.org.

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

18
Mar
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Green Gulch Farm Projects Completed

Thank you for supporting these projects, from the SFZC Development Office Read more

24
Feb

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (2/18/15)

The Zen Center Board met on February 18 at Greens Restaurant. Read more