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28
Oct
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Wearing Buddha’s Robe: The Rakusu

Words from the Wearers
Article by Kogan Sheldon

“What’s that bib you’re wearing?” “This,” the wearer says, “is my rakusu.” Some of us are humorous, some shy or very reverent, some proud or patient, or all of those things—as we show others the many finely stitched panels of the rakusu, our “Buddha bib.” Usually admiration follows, accompanied by an examination of the back of this miniature representation of the robe that Shakyamuni wore. Here the person’s teacher has done calligraphy, perhaps some art as well, and has written the vow-taker’s Dharma name on the white silk facing. A poem may be there, or a koan (teaching challenge). Read more

21
Oct
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Practicing with Issues of Misconduct, Conflict and Reconciliation at San Francisco Zen Center

A Message to the SFZC Sangha (Residents, Employees and the Wider Sangha) from Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts, President Susan O’Connell and Director of People Development Mark Lancaster

Recently, such as at the community meeting with the Zen Center Board on September 17, there have been a number of questions raised about how conflict is handled at Zen Center and, in particular, how allegations of serious misconduct are investigated and how we work with the aspect of confidentiality that surrounds such investigations. Read more

21
Oct
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Zen Student Reports on Climate March and Develops Environmentally Focused Events at SFZC

There’s a collective urgency now, which I hope is enough to inspire sitting and action.

The above quote captures the tone from a presentation on October 3 by City Center resident Milo Burn after his return from the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21. Milo traveled there on “the Climate Train,” which made the cross-country trip an event in itself, as 170 activists spent travel time together in workshops and inspiring each other, all while on board Amtrak. Read more

8
Oct
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A Stove Story

A Photo Essay by Chris Shelton

When City Center’s old stoves were replaced this fall after 20 years serving in the background—but at the core—of Zen Center life, Zen student Chris Shelton documented the project in photos and reflected on the significance of that transition and of kitchen work practice at the temple. Read more

30
Sep
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A Fall Message from Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts

Dear Sangha Members,

As I am about to leave for Tassajara for the Fall Practice Period, I wanted to let you know some things that are on my mind both at San Francisco Zen Center and in the wider world we share and create together. Read more

30
Sep
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Shine One Corner of the World—Membership Matters!

The ancient bodhisattvas found joy in doing small things, encouraged by the famous words in the Lotus Sūtra, “to shine one corner of the world.” It is enough if you just shine one corner of the world. That is enough.  —Talk by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Tassajara, 1969 Read more

30
Sep
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Cloud Hall Raffle Drawing Selects Winners and Raises Funds

Following a full summer of ticket sales and heightened anticipation, the final winners were drawn last Sunday for the raffles to benefit Green Gulch’s renovation of Cloud Hall (see a photographic chronicle of the progress on the Renovation and Restoration blog). The raffle raised $18,800 toward the massive project, with $110,000 left to raise. Read more

30
Sep
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Board Election 2014: List of Candidates and Electronic Voting

Submitted by Gretchen Rau, Governance Committee Chair

The San Francisco Zen Center Board of Directors presents the following list of nominees for three-year board terms, commencing January 1, 2015: Read more

23
Sep
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Three Ordinands Greet Fall in Buddha’s Robe

In a ceremony on September 13, Zen Center students Michael McCord, Gentoku Smith and Zachary Smith were ordained by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller amidst a full Buddha Hall of supporters at City Center. Here are a few select photos from that pivotal day. Michael and Gentoku have since returned to continue residence at Tassajara, and Zachary continues to teach and learn as a non-resident with the City Center sangha. Read more

22
Sep
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Entrepreneur-Humanitarian and Longtime SFZC Supporter Rudolph Hurwich Dies at 92

With select excerpts below from a fuller obituary, we honor Rudy Hurwich for his long relationship with San Francisco Zen Center. He had maintained a personal relationship with Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn at Zen Center since 1979, during Ed’s term as SFZC president. Rudy’s family has kindly named Zen Center as one of the organizations to which donations may be made in his memory.  Read more