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Results from Ceramics Sale for Outreach Programs

Through Richard Urban’s generous donation of his pottery, and the generosity of those who purchased pieces from the show (September 19 – 26), we collected over $1200. Read more


Buddha’s Robe Sewing Retreat 2015 at Green Gulch

Led by Sangestu Kathy Early (GGF sewing teacher)
and Kiku Christina Lehnherr (partial attendance)

October 18 – 23, 2015
Sunday at 1:30 pm through Friday at noon Read more


A Book Reading of Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s Seeds for a Boundless Life

Friday, October 16, at 7:30 pm
City Center

Join us for an evening celebrating the teaching of Senior Dharma Teacher Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Zenkei’s dharma heirs, fellow teachers, students and friends will read passages from her book Seeds for a Boundless Life, where her clear transmission of Dharma comes through in a voice that few others can render. Read more


Another Opportunity for Free Professional Advice on Estate Planning

Last week’s free workshop with Susan Olson, a financial planner at Abacus, was very helpful. We each got individual attention because the group was small. Susan presented simple ways to take care of estate planning—helping you make sure the assets of your estate go where you want them to. Besides being at Greens Restaurant (yummy snacks and cookies!), the presentation was informative, and it was fun. Read more

SFZC Awakening Through Service

Awakening Through Service

Service is practice, and practice is service.

A Bodhisattva is one who has taken the vow to become awakened for the sake of all beings–to live and be lived for the benefit of others. In this video excerpt Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider shares reflections and stories on the Bodhisattva vow and how we express it in our daily lives.

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Is Self-Cultivation Inherently Selfish? Dale Wright’s Answer on Psychology Today

The general criticism of self-cultivation as being too individualistic fails to recognize that we are unable to be of service to others until we have undergone enough self-transformation to begin to see larger realities beyond the importance of our own personal well-being. Read more


Supporting A Far-Flung Community of Practitioners

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

During the past month, the Sangha Project has taken several important steps towards finalizing plans to build an online “home” for the global community of San Francisco Zen Center practitioners. Read more


Shosan Victoria Austin on Meditation Postures Designed for the Female Body

The main point of meditation is the same for all humans: to rest in the ultimate, and to experience the connection between ultimate and conditioned existence, in the present moment. To do this, we sit in an upright, aligned way, one with the universe by nature of being composed of its elements, naturally receiving it in and offering it out through the process of normal breathing. Read more


Branching Streams Visiting Teacher Reports Back from Brooklyn Zen Center

In this post from the Branching Streams website, City Center teacher Kanzan David Zimmerman reflects on his three-month fellowship stay at Brooklyn Zen Center in New York, which just came to a close. The Visiting Teacher Fellowship Program, launched this spring with David as the first fellow, is an exciting new way SFZC can support its affiliate sanghas. Read more


Informational Meeting for Awakening through Service (Class)

Saturday, August 22
After lecture (around 11 am – 12 pm) Read more