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Position Open for SFZC Program Coordinator

San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is seeking a program coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the planning and daily operations of SFZC program offerings including workshops, retreats and lectures at all three of our practice centers: City Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Read more


Kids and Queens of Halloween 2015

Last Friday evening, October 30, we held our annual Sejiki Ceremony at City Center. Immediately afterward, we hosted children, parents and staff from Clara House (a transitional housing facility for families) for a Halloween costume dinner, followed by trick-or-treating within Zen Center residences. Read more

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Introducing the Sangha Project: Wednesday’s Talk at City Center

Being on a spiritual path together with friends who are encouraging and supporting each other in their practice is called Sangha. The challenge for many—and especially those who don’t live in a residential practice center—is that it’s not easy to find spiritual friendship. Read more


Five Ingredients for Building Sangha

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

Over the past couple of years, a small team led by Do-On Robert Thomas has been working on extending the San Francisco Zen Center sangha more widely out into the world. We call this effort The Sangha Project. Read more


Zenkei Blanche Hartman Graces City Center at Book Reading

The book reading for Seeds for a Boundless Life on Friday, October 16, was a wonderful celebration of Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s teaching. Perhaps the biggest celebration that night was simply having Blanche present. She was warmly applauded as she entered the room on her first return to Zen Center in several months. Read more

Photos by Steph Wenderski Blank

Nurturing Zazen Mind through Apprenticeships

The Guest Program Plus a New Kitchen Program at Green Gulch

Expanding the options for residential training, the staff at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center are pleased to launch a new Kitchen Apprenticeship Program beginning in February 2016. The program will be offered three times a year in tandem with the periods of the continuing Guest Program Apprenticeship, launched last year. Read more


Season Wraps Up for Farm Apprentices

Last week the farm and garden apprentices completed their six-month program at Green Gulch Farm. Apprentices made up two-thirds of the farm crew, shown below with Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson. Thanks to all on this crew and the garden crew (not shown) for their hard work and practice this season! Read more


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