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24
Feb
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Traveler-Photographer Shares Monumentally Sacred Sites in “On the Road . . . to Away-Seeking Mind”

The featured artist at City Center for the month of March is Susana Millman, a professional photographer and dedicated sangha member. Her show, titled “On the Road . . . to Away-Seeking Mind,” runs for the entire month, with an artist’s reception on Friday, March 6, from 7 to 9 pm. Read more

18
Feb
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The Spirit of Zen: Keiryu Liên Shutt on Wise Effort and Non-Doing

The following reflection by Keiryu Liên Shutt was extracted from a talk she gave in 2008 titled “What I Love about Zen.” Read more

18
Feb
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The Environment Is a Field of Practice: A Swarm of Recent Events at Green Gulch Farm

I feel absolutely committed to the often-awkward work of agitating for greater awareness of the severe crisis our species has wrought upon the planet, much the same as I am committed to acknowledging my own mistakes and confusions.  —Qayyum Johnson

Several recent events at or involving Green Gulch Farm have underscored both the concern felt at Zen Center for the environment and the wonderful partnerships forged by leaders at Zen Center to express that concern. Here are a few notes about what has been going on, with links to related content. Read more

11
Feb
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Rain Brings Deep Refreshment

by Shinchi Linda Galijan, Tassajara Director

The storms of the past few days brought over 5 inches of very welcome rain, bringing us to a total of over 17 inches so far this season, which is close to normal.  Tassajara Creek is running high and fast—and loud!—and Cabarga Creek, that runs under the little bridge, is booming.  Along the road are sparkling waterfalls amid the fresh mosses, ferns and bright spring grasses.  In front of the zendo, crocuses, narcissus, daffodils and iris are a source of deep delight.  Week by week, the days get visibly longer, and the play of light and shadows on the green mountains changes with the changing seasons. Read more

3
Feb
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SFZC Cosponsors SFSU Conference on Mindfulness and Compassion

How can contemplative practices and rigorous scientific studies best inform each other for a greater common good? Internationally recognized scholars and contemplatives will explore this issue in what promises to be a thought-provoking, multi-disciplinary conference. Please join us for this special event, Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice, June 3-7 at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Among the distinguished faculty is Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts. Read more

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
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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