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Posts from the ‘Volunteering’ Category

11
Nov
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Volunteers Needed to Transcribe Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s Oral History

A group of teachers and senior students—Mel Weitsman, Victoria Austin, Mary Mocine and Mary Watson—have just completed recording a series of interviews with Zenkei Blanche Hartman. The interviews explored Zen Center’s robe-sewing tradition, Zenkei’s relationships with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Mitsu Suzuki Sensei (Okusan), Zenkei’s family and marriage, her role as abbess, and other topics. All the interviews will be gifted to Zen Center for its archive, and some of the interviews may be shared quite soon with other practice centers, particularly the interviews focused on sewing Buddha’s robe. Read more

7
Oct
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Flowering the Altars: Volunteers Needed

City Center is looking for volunteers to help create flower arrangements for the temple. Read more

9
Sep
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Watershed Work Party This Sunday Begins with Visit to Creek Restoration Site

Hello Green Gulch watershed volunteers,

The skies have cleared of fog and the sun has been shining. Even more amazing is the transformation that is occurring down in our 5th and 6th fields. The creek restoration project is underway! Read more

2
Sep
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Cleaning Up the Star Route to Green Gulch

The post below written by Green Gulch Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson makes for a special tribute to work and workers following the Labor Day holiday. Read more

26
Aug
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Writing to Angulimala: The Zen Center Prison Correspondence Program

by Jeffrey Schneider, Outreach Coordinator
(Artwork by prisoners*)

I often look up from my desk at a drawing, rendered in almost photographic realism, of Suzuki Roshi. It was sent to me by one of my prison pen pals. Armando is on death row in San Quentin, and we’ve been corresponding for several years now. Read more

18
Aug
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Volunteer Still Needed for GGF Garden Items at SF Ferry Plaza Stand

A volunteer is still needed to help at the Green Gulch produce stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco for every Saturday in September. 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 garden@sfzc.org. Read more

12
Aug
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Volunteers Needed for a Day in the Country

Clara House, a residence for families in transition, and City Center have a long-standing relationship. Once a year, we bring the parents and children to Green Gulch Farm for a day including a farm tour, lunch and time at the beach. Read more

5
Aug
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How Leftovers Help Us Reach Out

We don’t just drop off the food; we get to serve and be part of the community in some way.
—Clare Hollander

A spotlight on SFZC outreach and volunteers, by Jay Pennington

It’s 1:00 on Thursday afternoon. Time for leftover magic. As part of City Center’s outreach activities, volunteers convene in the kitchen every Thursday to turn the week’s leftover food into something really useful—to feed those in need. Read more

18
Jul
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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 garden@sfzc.org.

7
Jul
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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