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Volunteer Needed for GGF Garden Items at SF Ferry Plaza Stand

A volunteer is needed to help at the Green Gulch produce stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco. Responsibility would be primarily for selling the flower bouquets, herbs, and fruit, from approximately 7 – 11 am every Saturday. Full commitment through September is preferred, but all are encouraged to inquire. Reply to Lauren Bouyea at

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A Glimpse of Pride 2014

Photos by Mei Hung

For the seventh consecutive year, a contingent of residents, sangha members and supporters from San Francisco Zen Center marched in the SF Pride Parade on June 29, with much celebration.  Here are a couple snapshots from the day, showing a major portion of the group on the steps as they left City Center for downtown, and our Buddha gliding contentedly down Market Street ahead of the “floating zendo.” Also, for a second year SFZC won an award for “fabulous theme contingent.” Read more

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Saturday Sangha Serves, Studies and Retreats Together

A spotlight on SFZC volunteers, by Dennis McNally

One part class and one part volunteer work group, Saturday Sangha at City Center represents a unique opportunity to find yourself in an intimate community within the larger Zen Center sangha—and new members are warmly welcomed to join. We are among those who ring the bells, serve the tea, and stir the soup, all ways to support the temple on its busiest public day of the week. Once the work is done, we enjoy lunch together and a brief class with the head of practice, Anshin Rosalie Curtis. Read more


Volunteer with SFZC to Serve Homeless Breakfast at St. Boniface Church

Zen Center, in concert with the Gubbio Project and other local congregations, will be offering breakfast to homeless men and women this summer. The dates for our service are the following Wednesdays: June 18, July 2 and August 6. Read more


San Francisco Pride Parade 2014 – June 29

Sunday, June 29, 9 am – 5 pm

The San Francisco Zen Center sangha will be marching in the Pride Parade for the seventh consecutive year, manifesting the harmony of difference and equality. You are warmly welcomed to join in this joyous celebration. Read more


Working Bicycles Needed at Green Gulch Farm—and More

A list of current needs for donated items on the farm at Green Gulch, by Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson Read more


Taking Mindfulness to Jail

A spotlight on SFZC outreach and volunteers, by Ethan Elder

Zen Center volunteer Ethan Elder offers regular meditation and stress reduction classes in the San Francisco women’s jail as part of City Center’s Yoga and Meditation in Jail Program. Here he shares some details of the work and reflects on his experience. Read more


Flower Chidens Are Flourishing: The Joy of One Sustainable Stem at a Time

A spotlight on SFZC volunteers, by Jay Pennington

Working behind the scenes, flower chidens can easily go unnoticed at Zen Center, although in a way their work is all about display. Read more

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Outreach Volunteers Needed

City Center is looking for volunteers who are able to help with our weekly food distribution program.  Read more


Spring! And So the Work Begins, with Words from Myogen on Work Practice

Usually people do work with some complicated idea in their mind that is something extra. And so, in this simple practice we look at—okay, how can you let go of anything extra, and just put yourself wholeheartedly into the work at hand?

Inspiring Words on Work from a 2013 Interview with Myogen Steve Stücky, produced by Judith Keenan Read more