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Position Open for SFZC Program Coordinator

San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is seeking a program coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the planning and daily operations of SFZC program offerings including workshops, retreats and lectures at all three of our practice centers: City Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Read more


Opening Our Hearts in a Shared World

A Message from the Central Abbess

Earlier this month Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts participated in an interfaith panel on the environment at Santa Clara University. The event preceded a two-day conference on November 3-4, titled “Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis.” Read more


New Priest Ordained at Green Gulch

On November 5, Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson ordained his student Myoyu Malvern Costelloe at Green Dragon Temple in a shukke tokudo (priest ordination ceremony). Abbesses Eijun Linda Cutts and Furyu Schroeder were also preceptors for the ceremony. Read more


Feminist Scholar and Dharma Teacher Rita Gross Passes Away

Called a “feminist foremother in the field of women and religion and Buddhist feminist theologian” (, Lopon Rita M. Gross, PhD, died on November 11, 2015. After a serious stroke last month, she went into hospice care in her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she remained until her death last week. Read more

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Board Election 2015 and the Return of Paper Ballots

The San Francisco Zen Center Board of Directors presents the following list of nominees for three-year board terms, commencing January 1, 2016: Helen Degenhardt, Roger Hillyard, Dennis McNally and Piper Murakami. Read more


Budding Bodhisattvas from October 17 Jukai

On Saturday, October 17, students of City Center Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn, Anshin Rosalie Curtis and Jamie Howell (Kogen Seido) were given the bodhisattva precepts in a lay ordination ceremony known as jukai. Congratulations, bodhisattvas! Read more

Photo (Thanksgiving Altar): Shundo David Haye

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

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Introducing the Sangha Project: Wednesday’s Talk at City Center

Being on a spiritual path together with friends who are encouraging and supporting each other in their practice is called Sangha. The challenge for many—and especially those who don’t live in a residential practice center—is that it’s not easy to find spiritual friendship. Read more


Zenkei Blanche Hartman Graces City Center at Book Reading

The book reading for Seeds for a Boundless Life on Friday, October 16, was a wonderful celebration of Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s teaching. Perhaps the biggest celebration that night was simply having Blanche present. She was warmly applauded as she entered the room on her first return to Zen Center in several months. Read more

Photos by Steph Wenderski Blank

Nurturing Zazen Mind through Apprenticeships

The Guest Program Plus a New Kitchen Program at Green Gulch

Expanding the options for residential training, the staff at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center are pleased to launch a new Kitchen Apprenticeship Program beginning in February 2016. The program will be offered three times a year in tandem with the periods of the continuing Guest Program Apprenticeship, launched last year. Read more