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Posts from the ‘Zen Practice’ Category

21
Jan
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Featured Photo, January 21

This snapshot from the spring of 2011 captures Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller appreciating the beginner’s mind of his grandson, Marcello, in a procession for Buddha’s Birthday in Koshland Park, across the street from City Center. Read more

21
Jan
The Berlin neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte.

Introducing Akazienzendo Berlin: A Home in the Middle of Impermanence

A Branching Streams sangha profile by Ed Velasco

Our center is called Akazienzendo, “zendo under the acacias,” and is named after the trees that shade the street on which it is located in Berlin. We see the image of the acacia tree as a symbol that stands for a blossoming of the dharma. Read more

20
Jan
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Sharing an Open Letter from Zen Teachers on Abuse

A disciple of Buddha does not misuse sexuality. —from the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts

This vow of deep intention is a guiding principle for living harmoniously with others, one that we formally take at ordinations and renew each month in Full Moon Ceremonies. Not separate from it is the intention to watch carefully for sexual misconduct when there is an abuse of power in hierarchical relationships in our communities and workplaces, including between Buddhist teachers and their students. Read more

14
Jan
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City Center Joins Neighborhood in Vigil After Four Shot on Our Corner

Last Friday evening, four young men were shot and killed near City Center’s street corner in San Francisco. For Zen Center residents and neighbors, it was a shocking reminder of the tragic violence that plagues our neighborhoods and cities. With heavy hearts we offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Read more

14
Jan
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Like Waves Rippling Out from Stillness: An Introduction to Ocean Gate Zen Center, Santa Cruz

A Branching Streams sangha profile by Steve Palmisano

Ocean Gate Zen Center is located on the central coast of California in the small beach town of Capitola, adjacent to Santa Cruz. Our name reminds us that the Buddha Way is an endeavor as expansive and deep as the ocean. As those who aspire to embody the bodhisattva path we have come together to create community: a gate through which we can enter and sustain Zen practice. It is our intention to warmly welcome everyone who comes to Ocean Gate. Read more

6
Jan
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Bridging Monastic and Urban Practice: The Online Practice Period

What pleasantly surprised me with regard to the online practice period was the experience of it being a bridge between monastic and urban practice, while providing a sense of intimacy and safety that developed instantly.  —Maura McAleenan

by Lydia Linker, Online Programs Coordinator

The ways that technology makes our world smaller are reaching even to monastic-style practice. Read more

6
Jan
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Clear Water Zendo Turns 15: Introducing the Vallejo Zen Center

A Branching Streams sangha profile by Mary Mocine

Clear Water is a rather small event, in the northeast corner of San Francisco Bay where the Carquinez Straight and the Napa River come together. That is why we are named water. The name comes from the Dogen poem “Zazenshin”: Read more

6
Jan
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Congratulations to Fall Shusos

Congratulations and thanks go to the shusos (head students) who helped lead the fall practice periods in 2014: Maria Linsao, under Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts at Tassajara, and Simon Moyes, under Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson at Green Gulch Farm. (Nancy Petrin, under Abbot Ed Sattizahn at City Center, was previously featured in Sangha News here.) The shusos are pictured below with their teachers following their respective Shuso Ceremonies at the end of the practice periods last month. Read more

9
Dec
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Attending to the Issue of Racism in Our Life and Community

Dear Sangha,

I join millions of people in this country and throughout the world in my sorrow and deep outrage at the long-standing injustices—large and small—towards minority communities in our cities and suburban areas. The disintegration of trust, the fear and the corrosive relationships involving law enforcement and people of color cry out for our attention. What will it take for each of us to bring renewed attention to the issues of racism in our life and community, our karmic conditioning and our own actions? Read more

9
Dec
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Featured Photo, December 10

Congratulations and thanks to Nancy Petrin for serving as shuso for the Fall 2014 Practice Period at City Center, led by City Center Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn. Read more