“So many of you expressed your love for and remembrances of Mitsu Suzuki upon hearing of her death on January 9, 2016 that I wanted to tell you about the beautiful ceremonies that were held for her in Japan, which I attended,” writes Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts.
On New Year’s Day 2016, the big bell began ringing at 7:45 am at City Center to signal the start of the New Year’s Day ceremony – a relatively late start for us, but many of us had been up past midnight sitting zazen and ringing in the New Year with the traditional 108 bells.
We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Suzuki Roshi’s widow, Mitsu ‘Okusan’ Suzuki, early Saturday January 9, 2015. The three temples rang the densho 108 times that morning, and each temple held a memorial service to honor her passing and express gratitude for her teachings and her presence in San Francisco Zen Center.
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The fall 2015 practice period at Tassajara saw Djinn Gallagher running the wake-up bell at 3:45 every morning as shuso (head monk). The Shuso Ceremony (also called Hossenshiki, which translates as “dharma combat”) on December 18 was the culmination of her three months of monastic training, and launches her into the next stage of her practice as a teacher.
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Shuso ceremonies closed the fall practice periods at both City Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center recently, launching the head students (shusos) for each practice period into a new chapter of Zen practice as budding teachers. Congratulations and best wishes to both. Read more
The SFZC Board of Directors wishes to thank the members of Zen Center for their participation in approving the slate of board candidates. Helen Degenhardt, Roger Hillyard, Dennis McNally and Piper Murakami will serve three-year terms beginning in January 2016 and completing at the end of December 2018. Congratulations to new and continuing board members for the 2016-2018 term. Read more