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Posts from the ‘Zen Practice’ Category

28
Oct
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Wearing Buddha’s Robe: The Rakusu

Words from the Wearers
Article by Kogan Sheldon

“What’s that bib you’re wearing?” “This,” the wearer says, “is my rakusu.” Some of us are humorous, some shy or very reverent, some proud or patient, or all of those things—as we show others the many finely stitched panels of the rakusu, our “Buddha bib.” Usually admiration follows, accompanied by an examination of the back of this miniature representation of the robe that Shakyamuni wore. Here the person’s teacher has done calligraphy, perhaps some art as well, and has written the vow-taker’s Dharma name on the white silk facing. A poem may be there, or a koan (teaching challenge). Read more

14
Oct
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Featured Photo, October 15

City Center Abiding Abbot Ed Sattizahn took in an early morning courtyard view between activities in the one-day sitting on October 4. This first sitting of the fall signaled that the abbot’s first practice period at Zen Center was well under way. In addition to offering a perfect stage for dramatic seasonal displays of sunlight, the peaceful courtyard is where some students may perform morning temple cleaning work, and is also a setting for enjoying short breaks during daylong sittings. Read more

8
Oct
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A Stove Story

A Photo Essay by Chris Shelton

When City Center’s old stoves were replaced this fall after 20 years serving in the background—but at the core—of Zen Center life, Zen student Chris Shelton documented the project in photos and reflected on the significance of that transition and of kitchen work practice at the temple. Read more

30
Sep
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A Fall Message from Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts

Dear Sangha Members,

As I am about to leave for Tassajara for the Fall Practice Period, I wanted to let you know some things that are on my mind both at San Francisco Zen Center and in the wider world we share and create together. Read more

30
Sep
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An Appropriate Response to Adversity: A Reflection by Keiryu Liên Shutt

When faced with how to respond to events in our lives—perhaps in a local way such as homelessness right outside our doors, or world events such as the Ebola crisis or a Ferguson-type situation—we may be trying to decide what to do. Read more

23
Sep
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Book Review for Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick, by Daniel Herman

Published by Lehigh University Press, with Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
Review by Catherine Gammon

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a young Zen student practicing at Tassajara read Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick on the suggestion of a friend at the monastery. Maybe Daniel Herman would have gone on from there to study literature and complete his PhD, even to write his dissertation on the very novel and the very subject, without the happy circumstance of having met Melville’s whale for the first time in the mountains of the Ventana Wilderness, in the deep heart-opening canyon that is Tassajara. Maybe that dissertation would even have become a book. And maybe not. Certainly not this book. Read more

23
Sep
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Yin and Zen for Coming to Stillness

by Lisa Marie Jansen, ERYT

In this post, yoga teacher and intuitive healer Lisa Jansen comments on her Yin beginning, the benefits she has experienced from this style of yoga, and why she is inspired to share it in combination with Zen teachings. Along with co-teacher Daiyu Judith Randall, Lisa offers Yin Yoga and Zen at City Center on Saturday, October 18, from 1 to 4:15 pm. Read more

23
Sep
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Three Ordinands Greet Fall in Buddha’s Robe

In a ceremony on September 13, Zen Center students Michael McCord, Gentoku Smith and Zachary Smith were ordained by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller amidst a full Buddha Hall of supporters at City Center. Here are a few select photos from that pivotal day. Michael and Gentoku have since returned to continue residence at Tassajara, and Zachary continues to teach and learn as a non-resident with the City Center sangha. Read more

9
Sep
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Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on Living through Strong Emotions

Many of us find ourselves stuck in painful experiences in our lives for days, months and even years. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s workshop Living through Strong Emotions is an invitation to learn how to use these experiences as a foundation to generate joy and liberation within. This week Zenju offered this explanation to Sangha News: Read more

9
Sep
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A Call for Farm and Garden Apprentices at Green Gulch Farm

Green Gulch Farm is accepting applications for apprenticeships during the 2015 season—and is asking for your help to get the word out. Please share the information below with your circles and encourage anyone who might be interested to apply. Read more