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These Final Days of Summer

Lauren Dito-Keith, the Director Assistant at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center gave us an account of the final days of summer guest season. Here is what she wrote:

“The end of the 2017 summer guest season is almost here.

“The heat in the day keeps guests, students, and deer alike close to the cool banks of Tassajara Creek. Warm breezes in the evening invite everyone to enjoy a stroll or some bocce.

“We know that out in the world the kids are going back to school and visions of fall dance in our minds.

“The students of Tassajara are beginning to make their own fall plans.

“Many students will stay here for the Fall Practice Period being led by Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson.

“First-time summer students are discussing the possibility of practice period at City Center and Green Gulch Farm or perhaps moving on to other adventures around the world.

“But one thing is true for all of us students: we are grateful for the opportunity we have had this summer to get to know each other and get to know ourselves through the practice container we call Tassajara Guest Season.

“We have made many new friends in both students and guests. We have witnessed moments of chaos and moments of pure beauty and everything in between. It is safe to say we are ready for whatever is coming next.

“September 10, we will close the gates and celebrate another summer well done with a special student dinner, skit night, and of course a dance party.







Walk to Feed the Hungry on September 30

Saturday, September 30, noon – 5:00 pm
Starting Location: Gold Mountain Monastery, 800 Sacramento Street
Ending Location: San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page Street – arriving at 3:30 pm: please consider volunteering to host the group at City Center

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Tassajara Zen Mountain Center Celebrates 50 Years

On July 4, 2017, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center formally celebrated its 50th anniversary. On this beautiful summer day with a light warm breeze and clear skies, Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson led the community in a 50th Anniversary Founders Day Ceremony to celebrate our dedication to zazen and the Buddha’s way. Read more


City Center Launches Unpacking Whiteness – Reflection and Action, a New Monthly Affinity Group

Next meeting: Sunday, August 20, 4 – 6 pm
In the Sangha Room at City Center, 300 Page Street, enter on Laguna Street

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TassNow: Last-minute and late-July, oh my!

Got time for a quick trip to Tassajara?

Here are some options for a last-minute visit:

Private housing:Photo by Margo Moritz
Yurt 2, 1 night 7/19
Cabin 19, 1 night 7/19
Cabin 20, 1 night 7/20
Cabin 5, 1 night 7/21
Cabin 14B, 1 night 7/24
Stone 1 & Stone 3, 1 night 7/24
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Featured Photo July 20

On June 18, Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center′s first jukai ceremony took place at the Berkeley Zen Center. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, guiding teacher, was the preceptor with the assistance of Shosan Victoria Austin of San Francisco Zen Center and Chimyo Atkinson of Great Tree Zen Center in NC. Congratulations to Margaret Benson-Thompson, Andrea Henderson, and Unique Holland.

Photos by Vaschelle André.

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Book Event: The Five Invitations with Frank Ostaseski, CC 11/11

Saturday, November 11: Dharma Talk and Book Signing at City Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco

10:15 am – Dharma Talk in the Buddha Hall – and on Live Stream
11:15 am – Q&A and book-signing in the Dining Room
Noon – Public lunch available by donation

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Neighborhood Accommodations Request for August 11 – 18

Housing near City Center is needed for the Genzo-e Retreat with Rev. Shohaku Okumura, August 11 – 18.

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July Art Show: Kai Chan

Power of Impermanence

Opening: Friday, July 7, 7:30 – 9 pm. In the Art Lounge at City Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco.

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TassNow: Want to get away for a mid-week stay in July?

Take a break from your daily hustle and bustle, and avoid the weekend crowd — unplug and relax with us during the week.

Private housing:
Yurt 1, Cabin 3A and Cabin 14A, and Cabin 19 are available for 4-nts, beginning July 10th
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