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Posts from the ‘Programs’ Category

21
Jan
Photo by Susana Millman

Featured Photo, January 21

This snapshot from the spring of 2011 captures Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller appreciating the beginner’s mind of his grandson, Marcello, in a procession for Buddha’s Birthday in Koshland Park, across the street from City Center. Read more

14
Jan
Chanoyu
should be made with the heart,
not with the hand.
Make it without making it,
in the stillness of your mind.	
—Hamamoto Soshun (d.1986)

The Way of Tea at City Center

The Japanese tradition of chanoyu (literally “hot water for tea”) developed centuries ago, heavily influenced by Zen practice, by the understanding that there is no separation between our ordinary practical life (eg, cleaning the tearoom, making a bowl of tea) and our spiritual life. Read more

6
Jan
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Bridging Monastic and Urban Practice: The Online Practice Period

What pleasantly surprised me with regard to the online practice period was the experience of it being a bridge between monastic and urban practice, while providing a sense of intimacy and safety that developed instantly.  —Maura McAleenan

by Lydia Linker, Online Programs Coordinator

The ways that technology makes our world smaller are reaching even to monastic-style practice. Read more

4
Nov
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Featured Photo, November 5

On Halloween last Friday, City Center held its annual Sejiki Ceremony followed by a costumed dinner. At this annual event, Zen Center hosts a group of kids from Clara House, a neighboring transitional housing facility for families. Read more

21
Oct
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Zen Student Reports on Climate March and Develops Environmentally Focused Events at SFZC

There’s a collective urgency now, which I hope is enough to inspire sitting and action.

The above quote captures the tone from a presentation on October 3 by City Center resident Milo Burn after his return from the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21. Milo traveled there on “the Climate Train,” which made the cross-country trip an event in itself, as 170 activists spent travel time together in workshops and inspiring each other, all while on board Amtrak. Read more

14
Oct
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Featured Photo, October 15

City Center Abiding Abbot Ed Sattizahn took in an early morning courtyard view between activities in the one-day sitting on October 4. This first sitting of the fall signaled that the abbot’s first practice period at Zen Center was well under way. In addition to offering a perfect stage for dramatic seasonal displays of sunlight, the peaceful courtyard is where some students may perform morning temple cleaning work, and is also a setting for enjoying short breaks during daylong sittings. Read more

30
Sep
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An Appropriate Response to Adversity: A Reflection by Keiryu Liên Shutt

When faced with how to respond to events in our lives—perhaps in a local way such as homelessness right outside our doors, or world events such as the Ebola crisis or a Ferguson-type situation—we may be trying to decide what to do. Read more

30
Sep
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What Is Happiness to You?

Albert Schweitzer said, “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” According to Mahatma Ghandi, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” And George Burns said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” Read more

23
Sep
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Book Review for Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick, by Daniel Herman

Published by Lehigh University Press, with Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
Review by Catherine Gammon

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a young Zen student practicing at Tassajara read Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick on the suggestion of a friend at the monastery. Maybe Daniel Herman would have gone on from there to study literature and complete his PhD, even to write his dissertation on the very novel and the very subject, without the happy circumstance of having met Melville’s whale for the first time in the mountains of the Ventana Wilderness, in the deep heart-opening canyon that is Tassajara. Maybe that dissertation would even have become a book. And maybe not. Certainly not this book. Read more

23
Sep
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Yin and Zen for Coming to Stillness

by Lisa Marie Jansen, ERYT

In this post, yoga teacher and intuitive healer Lisa Jansen comments on her Yin beginning, the benefits she has experienced from this style of yoga, and why she is inspired to share it in combination with Zen teachings. Along with co-teacher Daiyu Judith Randall, Lisa offers Yin Yoga and Zen at City Center on Saturday, October 18, from 1 to 4:15 pm. Read more