A Branching Streams Sangha Profile
By Al Flagg, sangha member (photos courtesy Marblehead Zen Center)
Below is the first in a series of occasional articles introducing sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network, to give voice to our growing dharma family and share the flavor of the Suzuki Roshi lineage as expressed in different locations. As Al explains below what practice is like in coastal Massachussets, he communicates something of the sangha’s true flavor and what is most important there. Read more
Meditation Instruction and Talk on Wisdom from the Zen Perspective
Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful. —E. F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
Join the Wisdom 2.0 and the San Francisco Zen Center communities at SFZC City Center for these free, educational affiliated events during Wisdom Week 2014.
As San Francisco Zen Center prepares for the transition of all three of its abbatial seats in the next several weeks, many of the details have been set for ceremonies to honor those leaving and those stepping into the roles. Read more
City Center’s biannual book sale is coming up the first week in February, beginning Saturday, February 1. The proceeds from these sales go to support Zen Center’s outreach activities to prisoners, to families in transition, to those in rehabilitation facilities and other venues. Read more
Below the more empirical, medical layers of caregiving lies the realm of emotional and physical
suffering that the sick and dying can spend the hours of their days swimming through. In this more fluid realm of powerlessness, Contemplative Caregivers apply the medicine of awareness and being present with the patient or family member’s experience to relax and counteract suffering. In this article Brendan Crowe, a Contemplative Caregiver student, describes his experience training in the Pain Clinic at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco.
Article by Brendan Crowe, Contemplative Caregiver Course Administrator
(In this article the names of medical patients have been changed to protect their privacy.)