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25
Nov
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Bad Fortune, Good Fortune: A Tale of Luck, Generosity and Gratitude

By Gendo Lucy Xiao

Sometimes the opportunity to be helpful and make a difference in someone’s life falls into your lap—or perhaps your back alley. Here’s a recent story of how opportunity was met at City Center with the many hands of sangha.

It was around 8 a.m. at Golden Gate Bridge. Read more

25
Nov
2015 board candidates (from left): Albert Kutchins, Brian McCaffrey, Margie O'Driscoll, Jisan Anna Thorn, Jon Voss.

Board Election Results 2014

The SFZC Board of Directors wishes to thank the members of Zen Center for their participation in approving the slate of board candidates. Albert Kutchins, Brian McCaffrey, Margie O’Driscoll, Anna Thorn and Jon Voss will serve three-year terms beginning in January 2015 and completing at the end of December 2017. Congratulations to new and continuing board members for the 2015-2017 term. Read more

11
Nov
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Denis Rodriguez, Employee, Alumnus and Friend, Passes Away

April 8, 1947 – November 9, 2014

San Francisco Zen Center grieves the loss of Denis Rodriguez, who was a student in the early days of Zen Center and who lived and practiced at all three centers.  In recent years Denis was an employee in the Accounting Department. Denis was one of the first workers at the original Tassajara Bakery on Cole Street in San Francisco. Read more

11
Nov
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SF Launch Party for Jane Hirshfield’s New Chapbook

Come meet Jane Hirshfield, poet, essayist, translator, and Zen Center alum and teacher, as she launches her limited edition chapbook of new works. The book, called minus / myness and published by Missing Links Press, is a limited edition chapbook of new works that share titles beginning with “My.” The edition of 150 is letterpress printed in four colors, and hand-sewn and bound in San Francisco, California. Read more

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