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Konjin Gaelyn Godwin New Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center

On October 1, Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi was appointed the new Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center. She is both the first woman and the first Westerner to hold the position.

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Leadership Statement Regarding Edward Brown

Dear Fellow Zen Practitioners,

Recently David Chadwick shared on his website, his personal Facebook page, and the Facebook page, a letter that was sent personally to Edward Brown by the San Francisco Zen Center leadership. The letter stated that, after deep consideration, Edward would no longer be invited to teach at San Francisco Zen Center’s three temples.

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Greens Restaurant Reopens October 15

Greens Restaurant Reopens for All Services October 15 Following Kitchen Fire

“Vegetarian Nirvana” —Food & Wine Magazine

“Come nightfall at this San Francisco icon, the views across the bay are dazzling. More remarkable still is the food.” —San Francisco Magazine

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Seeking New Board Members at San Francisco Zen Center

from Joe Rodriguez, Governance Chair, SFZC Board of Directors

We are seeking SFZC practitioners to serve on our Board of Directors. We are looking for Sangha members who would be willing to be considered and interviewed for a three-year term.

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Our Livestream Home Page has Moved!

For many years, SFZC has broadcasted live videos of our City Center Dharma talks on, which is also the archive for all our previous livestreamed talks. Starting on September 22, 2018, we will have a new home for all of our livestream videos and archives:

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Aug Website Privacy Policy Has Been Updated

At San Francisco Zen Center, we value your privacy. We wanted to let you know about some changes we have made to our website Privacy Policy which will go into effect on August 23, 2018.

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Meet a Member and Support the Membership Drive

We are half-way through our August Membership Drive and are pleased to welcome over 33 new members to the San Francisco Zen Center community.

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Featured Photo August 9 – Jukai / Lay Initiation at City Center

Jukai / Lay Ordination at City Center on Friday, July 20, 2018. Congratulations to those receiving the precepts! Photo by Shundo David Haye.

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Join Us for Zazen in the Online Zendo

Every weekday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 (PST), members of the SFZC’s Online Sangha engage in the fundamental practice of zazen, wholehearted sitting. You are warmly invited to join in this silent meditation hall, enjoying the wordless encouragement of other practitioners.

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TassNow: Remaining August Availability

In the Mountains on a Summer Day, by Li Bai (trans. Arthur Waley, 1919).

Gently I stir a white feather fan,
With open shirt sitting in a green wood.
I take off my cap and hang it on a jutting stone;
A wind from the pine-trees trickles on my bare head.

Here are some one-night and multi-night stays at the end of August:

Holds for the retreat running 8/30-9/3 will be released on 8/23

Creekside housing:Photo by Margo Moritz
8/21 in Stone 3

8/22 in Pine 1

8/26 in Stone 2

8/28 in Cabin 15

8/29 in Pine 2

Mountain Path housing:
8/29 in 3A

8/30 – 9/3 (four nights) in yurt 1
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