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TassNow: June is filling quickly!

Not to sound like a used car salesman, but summer is coming fast!

There are a few amazing one-night stays in the next few days:

Creekside housing:Photo by Margo Moritz
6/7 – Stone 1
6/7 – Cabin 3B
6/8 – Cabin 15
6/10 – Pine 1
6/13 – Stone 1
6/13 – Cabin 3B  Read more


Featured Photo May 31

The November 21, 1971, Mountain Seat Ceremony at City Center. Photographer unknown.

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Letter from Central Abbess: Abbatial Changes in 2019

Dear Sangha Friends,

I am very happy to announce to the wider sangha changes coming up next year in the Abbatial Leadership at San Francisco Zen Center. Upon recommendation of the Elders Council, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically has invited Tenzen David Zimmerman to become the next Abiding Abbot of City Center. Read more


Walk and Bike to Worship Week 2018

Saturday, May 26 – Sunday, June 3

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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