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Sanctuary and Action

By Central Abbess Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts

Amidst the political and social challenges of our times, when public expressions of racism, bigotry, anti-semitism, and hatred and violence are rising, I wanted to make very clear that San Francisco Zen Center, in our commitment to the practice of waking up and living in wisdom and compassion, strives to be a place of tolerance, openness, and welcoming, and a community of peaceful spiritual sanctuary.

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Featured Photo July 20

On June 18, Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center′s first jukai ceremony took place at the Berkeley Zen Center. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, guiding teacher, was the preceptor with the assistance of Shosan Victoria Austin of San Francisco Zen Center and Chimyo Atkinson of Great Tree Zen Center in NC. Congratulations to Margaret Benson-Thompson, Andrea Henderson, and Unique Holland.

Photos by Vaschelle André.

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Reflections on the March–Practice for Climate April 29

Thanks largely to the organizing work of San Francisco Zen Center members and friends, on April 29 more than one hundred practitioners from Green Gulch Farm, City Center, and sanghas from around the Bay Area came together at Lake Merritt in Oakland to sit and march our practice at the People’s Climate Mobilization.

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Lay Initiation Ceremony – Jukai at City Center

On Saturday, April 29, eight people received the precepts in a Lay Initiation Ceremony. Congratulations to everyone! Photo by Florian Brody.

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Featured Photos April 13

Tassajara Shuso Gengyoko Tim Wicks with Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn on April 2. Green Gulch Farm Shuso Marcia Lieberman with Abbess Furyu Schroeder on April 10. Photos by Shundo David Haye.

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Buddha’s Diet: A Book Reading with Dan Zigmond on Friday, May 19

Friday, May 19, 7:30 – 9 pm
City Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco

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Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara – Friday, March 31

Ben Connelly will present a book reading on his Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara using examples from current events to talk about the practice of Yogacara.

Friday, March 31, 7:30 – 9 pm, by donation
San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page Street

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Three Practice Offerings from Urban Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller

Ryushin Paul Haller is offering three opportunities this winter and spring to develop and deepen your practice at City Center.

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Letter from Central Abbess Linda Ruth Cutts

Dear Friends,

Returning from the fall practice period, the 98th at Tassajara, a time of zazen, solitude, study―and very little media―into the swirl and intensity of 2017, I encountered the many challenges that are before us, face-to-face.

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Featured Photo January 12

There was a Jukai/Lay Initiation Ceremony at City Center on January 7, 2017. Photos by Sandy Lamerson.

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