by Sachico Ohanks
For many, the path of practice at City Center begins with a Work Practice Apprenticeship. The Zen students who choose this singular course of action come from a wide range of circumstances, backgrounds, and converging life conditions. Each has a “way-seeking” story to tell.
Report on the 91st Practice Period
by Shinchi Linda Galijan, Tassajara Director
“Throughout Zenshinji,* the Dharma safely resides, bringing all peace…”
On this bright winter afternoon, the doans* are practicing for Nenju, the ceremony to mark the end of another Tassajara week. The narcissus are in full bloom, their delicate fragrance scenting the air. Bobcats are mating above the first overlook, northern flickers and canyon wrens are singing their hearts out, and the 91st Practice Period, led by Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller, feels wondrously strong and joyous.
For many years people who identify as transgender have been coming to practice at San Francisco Zen Center. During that time, the sangha has done its best to create a sense of welcome for them and to make appropriate accommodations on a case-by-case basis.
“Branching Streams” is Zen Center’s network of affiliate sanghas, large and small, currently numbering thirty-six around the world, and growing. It was formed to support both the mutual relationships among the many groups in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, and their relationship with SFZC. Through the Branching Streams network we hope to nourish each other’s practice, and to find new ways to benefit each other.
Hoitsu Suzuki has been godo, head of training, at Eiheiji in Japan for the last several years. His last day at Eiheiji was October 15. Hoitsu, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s son, visits San Francisco Zen Center periodically, often to assist with large ceremonies, such as the Stepping Down and Mountain Seat ceremonies in February 2012.