Zenkei Blanche Hartman, “Inconceivable Joy,” a senior dharma teacher and abbess emeritus of San Francisco Zen Center, has been in failing health since a fall in mid-March. After two weeks of intractable pain, she was diagnosed with a broken femur, and received a partial hip replacement on March 26. Though she received physical therapy, good food and rest, she experienced a decline in life energy. Read more
With great sadness we hold in our hearts the victims of last week’s violent attack in Charleston and all who are affected by this tragedy. Standing with the Emanuel AME Church as a faith community, we continue to grieve the unnecessary loss of life, particularly within an institution of spiritual refuge and through the wielding of a powerful hatred based on race. Read more
Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption.
—Pope Francis, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home“
Last week when Pope Francis issued a major call to action on environmental issues, many climate activists celebrated what they felt was a significant breakthrough in the conversation on climate change. Read more
On the weekend of May 30-31, the Zen Center sangha enjoyed a different perspective on the wheel of Dharma. City Center gave a special welcome to bike riders and other human-powered commuters to the Saturday Program, ahead of Sunday’s interfaith ride, which was organized by Zen Center resident Myles Cowherd. Read more
Summer guest season at Tassajara offers luscious farm-to-table organic vegetarian cuisine that stems from the Zen tradition of attending to our food preparation as mindfully as we attend to our spiritual practice.
This summer, Zagat food guide features one of the recipes we serve in the Tassajara Dining Room in “10 Summer Dishes Worth a Drive in the Bay Area.” The recipe, Enchiladas Rojas, is offered here by its creator and former Tassajara guest cook, Melinda Miller. Read more
Plenty of opportunities, across all cabin categories, to visit Tassajara in early June. Book your stay for a relaxing getaway!
Last month when Hoitsu Suzuki Roshi visited the United States, he attended the Mountain Seat Ceremony at Austin Zen Center to install a new abbot. But he also made a visit to San Francisco Zen Center, bringing with him two beautiful instrument boxes. Read more