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Early Fall News and Reflections from Green Gulch Farm

The lovely bird song of summer is now replaced by occasional bird calls and lots of industrious rustling in bushes and dry grasses. The hills are brown and water is scarce. The air is a little cooler with a suggestion of rain. Read more


Clara House Families Enjoy a Day at Green Gulch

Last week, Green Gulch Farm welcomed families from Clara House for a day of fun in the country, including a tour, lunch and time at the beach. Read more


Flower Delivery for Buddha

Shown below is a typical flower delivery from Green Gulch Farm for adorning City Center altars every week. Read more


Informational Meeting for Awakening through Service (Class)

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


Volunteers Needed for a Day in the Country

Photo: Valerie Boquet

Photo: Valerie Boquet

On Wednesday, August 12, Green Gulch Farm will be hosting families from Clara House. Clara House, a neighbor of City Center on Page Street, provides housing and services for families in transition, and Zen Center has been involved with them for many years.

Once a year we bring the parents and children to the farm for a tour, lunch and time at the beach. We usually leave around 9:30 or 10 and are back in the city by 4. We are looking for people who can offer rides to the families on that day. Once we get to Green Gulch, you are invited to spend as much or as little time with the children as you wish.

If you are interested in this, or have questions, please contact Jeffrey Schneider at 415.354.0379 or at

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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


Volunteers Needed to Keep the Zendo Open Monday Mornings through the Summer

As a result of a recent change, Monday mornings at City Center now through Labor Day will reflect the interim schedule (no formal zazen and service, though the zendo will be open during the usual times by volunteers); the Monday afternoon schedule remains as usual (see Daily Schedule). Read more

Photo: Alison Bank

Volunteer in the City Center Bookstore!

Dear practitioners of the way and members of the wider sangha,

Do you like books? How about incense? Or meditation cushions, or statues, or chatting with interesting people? If any of that sounds like fun to you, consider volunteering at the bookstore. Read more


Joyous Energy: Spring Work Period at Tassajara

Tassajara-ZMC-Bathhouse-Altar-by-Shundo-David-HayeA chronicle of the Spring 2015 Work Period at Tassajara,
by Tassajara Director Shinchi Linda Galijan

Much has happened in the last month! On April 4, we ceremonially closed the 95th practice period. We set out before dawn, offering incense at all the altars in Tassajara, and by the time we made our way back into the zendo for the departing monks ceremony, it was nearly full light. After lots of hugs and last photographs, we waved all the departing monks goodbye. Read more


Bike to Worship Week Features Interfaith Ride Organized by SFZC Resident

Celebrate the environment, the community, and general health by joining like-minded citizens of different faiths to tour our beautiful city! Read more