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Posts from the ‘Zen Practice’ Category

24
May
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The Interfaith Power and Light Conference

Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts is a board member of Interfaith Power and Light, a group that identifies as the religious response to global warming. She traveled to Washington, DC to attend the annual conference.

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11
May
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The Joy of Work Period at Tassajara

Tassajara work periods happen in April and September, when a band of enthusiastic volunteers descend on the valley and roll up their sleeves to transform it into a summer haven and retreat center (in April) and back into a monastery (in September).

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11
May
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Caregiving as an Enriching Path

The Contemplative Caregiver Course uses the teachings of mindfulness and turning towards what’s difficult to cultivate a Zen approach to aging, sickness, and dying. Here, some of the participants in the course express their deepening understanding of service. Read more

20
Apr
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When Kim Hart Became Kogen Daiho

After many years of practice, Kim Hart was ordained as a priest by her teacher Ryushin Paul Haller in the City Center Buddha Hall on Saturday, April 16, surrounded by family and friends.  Read more

4
Apr
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Shuso Hakusho Johan Ostlund Brings the Dharma to Life

The Winter 2016 Practice Period at Tassajara came to a joyful conclusion with the Shuso Ceremony of Hakusho Johan Ostlund.

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30
Mar
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Shuso Shindo Shines

City Center shuso Shindo Gita Gayatri completed her training with the Shuso Ceremony on March 26, 2016, at the end of the Winter Practice Period, led by Ryushin Paul Haller. Read more

23
Mar
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‘Don’t Be a Jerk’, with Brad Warner, April 8

In his new book, Don’t Be a Jerk, radical writer Brad Warner offers an update of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, “a very long, very old book.” He’ll be discussing Don’t Be a Jerk at City Center on April 8; in the meantime, he explains why he thinks Dogen was a punk-rock Buddhist.

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23
Mar
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A Poem in Response to Suzuki Roshi

Award-winning poet Brynn Saito, intrigued by the teachings of Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki, shares with us her poem in response to the master’s teaching. Read more

24
Feb
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‘How to Enter the Monastery’, a poem by Jisan Tova Green

“The monastery needs/ the road”, writes Zen teacher and poet Jisan Tova Green, who spent many years at Tassajara, where the fourteen-mile entry road discourages all but the most determined of visitors. Read more

3
Feb
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Way-Seeking Heart/Mind through Art: A Retrospective

Long-term practitioner Keiryu Liên Shutt was invited to show her art at City Center this month. As she looks at her life through the prism of her art, she tells us, echoing Pablo Picasso, what she found, rather than what she was looking for Read more