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Featured Photo May 10

Congratulations to Roy Remer, David Hahn, and Paula Pietranera, who received the precepts on April 28, 2018 at City Center. Photos by Elliot Charney.

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Book Event with Shinshu Roberts: Being-Time

Dharma Talk and Book Signing – Being-Time: A Practitioner’s Guide to Dogen’s Shobogenzo Uji

Saturday, July 7, 10 am – noon
City Center, 300 Page Street, SF

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Sea of Suffering – The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar (Burma)

Sunday, May 6, 5 – 7 pm
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley Avenue

This is a rare opportunity to hear many concerned and deeply informed people speak to the suffering in this Buddhist country. There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcome for Rohingya Muslim relief and interfaith dialog in Myanmar.

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Tassajara Sitting

In Soto Zen, we emphasize sitting zazen (meditation) daily. When we sit, we see what arises without expectations, and through this practice we become intimate with the world around us. In this slideshow, we take a look at other ways that we sit at Tassajara. Read more


Featured Photo April 12

On Saturday, March 31, Julian Hickman and Diego Miglioli received priest ordination in a ceremony at Beginner’s Mind Temple. Photos by Elliot Charney.

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A Message from the Shuso and A Video of Snow at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Heather Iarusso is the shuso (head monk) of the Winter 2018 Practice Period at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Serving as shuso is strenuous. From the moment she rises before 3:50 am to wake everyone up to the intimate shuso teas she hosts and dharma talks she delivers, she must give herself entirely to the role of shuso, serving beside the practice period teacher, Ryushin Paul Haller. It is a rite of passage, six months after which Heather can begin leading practice discussions. Read more


The Still Point by Mary Mocine

The title of my retreat at Tassajara is “Finding Stillness Amid the Storm of Legal Practice.” This notion of stillness is central to a useful law practice, I believe. It is not a static or sort of dead stillness. It is instead alert and willing and ready, yet balanced and grounded. Implicit here is a great freedom that arises from nonattachment. Read more


Like a Fish in a Puddle

Nenju ceremony by Renshin Bunce

by Zenshin Greg Fain, Tanto (head of practice) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

During practice period at Tassajara, on the day before a personal day, we celebrate the ceremony of Nenju, renewing our commitment to practice and anticipating a little extra time to go for a hike, do laundry, what have you. The kokyo or chant leader solemnly intones an invocation for us all, one of which begins:

Carefully listen everyone.

Twenty-five centuries, three years ago, the great Tathagata entered nirvana.

When this day is gone, your life also decreases.

Like a fish in a puddle, what pleasure is there here?

After the events of January 27, I will forever hear those words in a very particular and personal way. Read more


Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco

San Francisco Zen Center is a Community Partner at this year’s Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, Thursday, February 22 – Saturday, February 24.

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The Flourishing of Suzuki Roshi’s Way – Branching Streams Affiliate Sanghas

Suzuki Roshi’s Way is flourishing.

San Francisco Zen Center’s “Branching Streams” Network of Affiliate Sanghas is now comprised of 75 Dharma centers, ranging in size from meeting-once-a-week small sitting groups to established centers with their own Abbesses/Abbots, Boards of Directors, dedicated property, and numerous weekly Dharma offerings.

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