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22
Jul
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Transmitting the Dharma through Online Courses

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

In the last year I’ve been working with the San Francisco Zen Center Programs staff to offer two online courses, both successful. In the fall of 2014 I offered a 4-week course titled Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body with yoga teacher Samantha Ostergaard. For this course, 110 people from over 7 states and 2 countries participated and learned the basics of integrating Zen mindfulness with body awareness, movement and flexibility. In the spring of 2015, I offered a 7-week course on the fundamental practices and principles of Zen called Meeting This Moment, joining 95 participants from 15 states and 6 countries.

This month, I would like to share with you some brief thoughts about my experience of teaching and practicing together remotely, with the support of online tools. Read more

8
Jul
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Life Is Hard: Zoketsu Norman Fischer on the Necessity of Love and Compassion

“One of the worst feelings is to feel utterly alone,” says former SFZC abbot Zoketsu Norman Fischer, “but it’s impossible to ever be alone.” In the brief excerpt below transcribed from video, Norman tells us why love and compassion are simply necessities, especially in these difficult times. Read more

7
Jul
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Call for Volunteers for Pico Iyer Events, July 24-25

UPDATED: Volunteers are invited to help Zen Center with registration, ushering, and book sales, especially for the Saturday workshop below—in exchange for free admission. Events take place at Grace Cathedral and feature renowned journalist, author and lecturer Pico Iyer, along with Zen Center’s Abbess at Green Gulch Farm, Furyu Schroeder.  Read more

24
Jun

SFZC Is Looking for an Event Coordinator — Immediate Opening

San Francisco Zen Center is a collection of three practice centers offering Zen meditation, training and programs in San Francisco, Marin and Carmel Valley. We have an immediate opening at our San Francisco center for a full-time facilitator of our reservations and registration processes for our City Center location (with some Green Gulch oversight). Training will be provided. Read more

24
Jun
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Sangha Is Crucial to Our Way

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

“Even though you say, ‘I have Buddha nature,’ that alone is not enough to make it work. If you do not have a friend or sangha, it won’t work.” In this quote, Suzuki Roshi emphasizes that sangha is crucial to our way. Do you agree? Read more

9
Jun
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The Zen Poetry of Aging: Three Brief Teachings

Zen poets for centuries have addressed the experience of aging in ways that may resonate with and clarify our own experience of it. Below are three short teachings selected and illuminated by Jisan Tova Green, who will teach the upcoming three-week class The Zen Poetry of Aging at City Center, July 7-21. A resident priest, Tova is also a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in home and residential hospice settings. Read more

27
May
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The Long Road to Sitting Still, by Pico Iyer

Part 1          [Skip to Part 2 or Part 3]          [Watch TED Talk: “The Art of Stillness”]

“There is no Garden of Eden” was the judgment that greeted me, as an impressionable boy, in the pages of my teenage hero, D.H. Lawrence, “the Hesperides never were.” Lawrence was my hero, though, precisely because he could never stay fixed in any one dogma, and was intensely alive to the limitations of his own perspective. So he continued, “Yet, in our very search for them, we touch the coasts of illusion and come into contact with other worlds.” Read more

20
May
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Supporting Others with Your Practice; Practicing with the Support of Others: Dharma Buddies

It’s like ravens soaring on a ridgeline. . . . it’s comforting to do deep journeys with others nearby.
—dharma buddy in Idaho

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas 

In the Sangha Project, we create ways to help all members of the extended sangha to connect and interact as dharma friends and to engage in Zen practice-related activities together. During the past five months, we have launched several small-scale experiments. Read more

20
May
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Soto Zen in Northern Ireland: Introducing Black Mountain Zen Centre

It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last . . .
—David Whyte, from “The Opening of Eyes”

A Branching Streams sangha profile by Brenda Liddy Read more

19
May
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Bike to Worship Week: Special SFZC Events Sat & Sun, May 30-31

On Saturday, May 30, Zen Center is participating once again in the annual Bike to Worship event organized by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Read more