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20
Jan
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Sharing an Open Letter from Zen Teachers on Abuse

A disciple of Buddha does not misuse sexuality. —from the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts

This vow of deep intention is a guiding principle for living harmoniously with others, one that we formally take at ordinations and renew each month in Full Moon Ceremonies. Not separate from it is the intention to watch carefully for sexual misconduct when there is an abuse of power in hierarchical relationships in our communities and workplaces, including between Buddhist teachers and their students. Read more

14
Jan
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City Center Joins Neighborhood in Vigil After Four Shot on Our Corner

Last Friday evening, four young men were shot and killed near City Center’s street corner in San Francisco. For Zen Center residents and neighbors, it was a shocking reminder of the tragic violence that plagues our neighborhoods and cities. With heavy hearts we offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Read more

14
Jan
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Ceremony Opens a New Hall at Green Gulch As Renovation Project Nears an End

It’s a new year, and time to celebrate new and improved facilities, the fruits of last year’s labor. After nine months of renovating existing structures and building new ones throughout 2014, more of the visions of Zen Center’s Widening the Circle Capital Campaign have become realities, this time at Green Gulch Farm. These buildings are now being enjoyed by staff, residents and visitors as improved living, working, learning and practice spaces. Read more

14
Jan
Chanoyu
should be made with the heart,
not with the hand.
Make it without making it,
in the stillness of your mind.	
—Hamamoto Soshun (d.1986)

The Way of Tea at City Center

The Japanese tradition of chanoyu (literally “hot water for tea”) developed centuries ago, heavily influenced by Zen practice, by the understanding that there is no separation between our ordinary practical life (eg, cleaning the tearoom, making a bowl of tea) and our spiritual life. Read more

14
Jan
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New Barrier on Golden Gate Bridge Fulfills Advocacy Work of Resident Grace Damman

Last weekend, the Golden Gate Bridge was closed for nearly two days, the longest closure in its history, to install a robust median barrier between traffic moving in opposite directions. Green Gulch resident Grace Damman has been making a push for this addition since a horrific accident on the bridge in 2008 that severely injured her and left her disabled. Read more

7
Jan
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New Year’s Babies at Zen Center Greet 2015

This last week, not one but two Zen Center families welcomed the new year with healthy new babies. Read more

6
Jan
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Congratulations to Fall Shusos

Congratulations and thanks go to the shusos (head students) who helped lead the fall practice periods in 2014: Maria Linsao, under Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts at Tassajara, and Simon Moyes, under Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson at Green Gulch Farm. (Nancy Petrin, under Abbot Ed Sattizahn at City Center, was previously featured in Sangha News here.) The shusos are pictured below with their teachers following their respective Shuso Ceremonies at the end of the practice periods last month. Read more

16
Dec
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It’s Green Gulch Creek, with a Twist

Photos by Carla Koop

Green Gulch Creek is flowing in its new meandering bed, as shown below. As work for the Creek Restoration Project continues, other organizations are taking part. Last Sunday during the monthly Watershed Work Party Day, this time led by STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), around 100 new alder trees were planted along the bare banks. Earlier this year through the kindness of the National Park Service and the Parks Conservancy, the alders had been harvested from the neighboring valley.  Read more

16
Dec
3rd Unsung Heroes of Compassion ceremony with H.H. the Dalai Lama.

“States of Grace” Hits Bay Area Theaters This January

The new documentary States of Grace hits Bay Area theaters to coincide with the installation of a movable median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge in early January. Dr. Grace Dammann’s life was forever changed when a driver crashed head on into her car during a routine commute across the bridge in 2008. Read more

9
Dec
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Attending to the Issue of Racism in Our Life and Community

Dear Sangha,

I join millions of people in this country and throughout the world in my sorrow and deep outrage at the long-standing injustices—large and small—towards minority communities in our cities and suburban areas. The disintegration of trust, the fear and the corrosive relationships involving law enforcement and people of color cry out for our attention. What will it take for each of us to bring renewed attention to the issues of racism in our life and community, our karmic conditioning and our own actions? Read more