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Posts from the ‘Zen Practice’ Category

21
Jun
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The Dharma of Peace, the Mountain of Silence: Practicing Zen in Medellín, Colombia

A community of practitioners in Medellín, Colombia, is working for peace and reconciliation in a deeply troubled country. Here they describe their wide-ranging and dedicated practice. Read more

8
Jun
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The Background to Philip Whalen’s Jizo Poem

Last week, David Schneider came to City Center to read from his new book about a former City Center resident, Beat poet Philip Whalen. Here is a picture – and a transcript – of a broadside that Philip created in 1981, bordered by six “Siddham” letters drawn by David Schneider.

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8
Jun
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Holding the Love in Our Hearts: SF Pride 2016

In light of the tragedy in Orlando, we invite all our brothers and sisters in the dharma to show our love and support by marching with the SFZC float in the Pride Parade for Racial and Economic Justice on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Read more

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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