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
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
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
We offer our sincere thanks to all the people who participated in last week’s book sale. Through your generosity, we raised $1917.
This money will be distributed among our various outreach programs, helping to provide books for prisoners, food for homeless men and women, and various other services.
Truly, we could not do it without you.
Soon we’ll be wishing a farewell to summer for another year, but there’s always the warmth of sangha, as demonstrated by this girls’ group from the previous Coming of Age Program. Applicants are now being accepted for the next yearlong program, which begins September 21. Read more
Many of us find ourselves stuck in painful experiences in our lives for days, months and even years. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s workshop Living through Strong Emotions is an invitation to learn how to use these experiences as a foundation to generate joy and liberation within. This week Zenju offered this explanation to Sangha News: Read more
Green Gulch Farm is accepting applications for apprenticeships during the 2015 season—and is asking for your help to get the word out. Please share the information below with your circles and encourage anyone who might be interested to apply. Read more
Most times the most precious parts of ourselves are dwarfed by a preoccupation with mundane, functional tasks that fill our days and thoughts. I’m talking about kindness, love and joy—our humanity. But when we hit a wall, we sometimes stop and invert the paradigm, putting our humanity first, our to-do list second.
When Meeting Trauma and Stress, Finding Balance Is a Natural Thing: An Interview with Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner Jane Lazar
by Jay Pennington
Fight, flight or freeze? When it comes to handling stress, at the most basic level I have more in common with a wild animal than I tend to think—and this is actually good news. It’s always grounding to talk with my friend Jane Lazar and be reminded of that, especially when she discusses her work helping people heal from trauma. Key to accessing natural stress-relieving tools, I’ve learned from Jane, is the capacity to be in the present and in the body. Read more
Photo and caption by Donn DeAngelo (posted to SFZC’s Facebook page July 31)
Below are kids from San Francisco’s CommunityGrows after harvesting potatoes and having a Green Dragon Zen Temple experience at Green Gulch Farm on July 29—part of the ongoing popular Green Gulch Children’s Education Program.