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18
Feb
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The Spirit of Zen: Keiryu Liên Shutt on Wise Effort and Non-Doing

The following reflection by Keiryu Liên Shutt was extracted from a talk she gave in 2008 titled “What I Love about Zen.” Read more

18
Feb
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The Environment Is a Field of Practice: A Swarm of Recent Events at Green Gulch Farm

I feel absolutely committed to the often-awkward work of agitating for greater awareness of the severe crisis our species has wrought upon the planet, much the same as I am committed to acknowledging my own mistakes and confusions.  —Qayyum Johnson

Several recent events at or involving Green Gulch Farm have underscored both the concern felt at Zen Center for the environment and the wonderful partnerships forged by leaders at Zen Center to express that concern. Here are a few notes about what has been going on, with links to related content. Read more

18
Feb
From Michael's own apiary—an example of what a log hive may look like when active.

Developing a Honeybee Sanctuary at Green Gulch

Text and photos from Michael Joshin Thiele

The idea for a honeybee sanctuary at Green Gulch Farm emerged out of concern for the survival of bees and the health of the global biosphere. The vision of organizers is to develop new approaches to apiculture and the study of the natural life forces and instinctual needs of bees. Initially the health of the bees will be the primary focus of the honeybee sanctuary. The long-term goal is to create a self-sustaining apiary, which links local wild honeybees to a bee-centric approach to apiculture. Read more

3
Feb
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Featured Photo: Arbor Day, February 2014

Images from last year’s Arbor Day/Restoration Day at Green Gulch Farm. SFZC board member Dennis McNally digs in (lower) with grandchildren. This year, the work will focus on planting the area surrounding Green Gulch Creek’s new (restored) curves, on February 15.  See Arbor Day/Restoration Day on our website for details. Read more

21
Jan
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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