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Posts from the ‘Zen Practice’ Category

22
Jul
Seated from left: Linda Cutts, Linda Galijan and Konin Cardenas, with nuns from Vietnam (standing left) and Thailand (right; ordained in Bangladesh).

SFZC Central Abbess Reports Back from International Conference on Buddhist Women

Notes from Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts

The 14th Annual Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women was held last month in Yogyakarta, Indonesia—a beautiful country rich in Buddhist as well as Hindu and Muslim history. Almost a thousand people, predominantly ordained women from many countries, attended the seven days of meditation and ceremonies, presentations of scholarly papers, workshops, cultural events and living together in harmony. Read more

21
Jul
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Bequest for SFZC Honors Memory of Sobun Katherine Thanas

Recently San Francisco Zen Center received a significant bequest from a couple in Monterey, California, who were inspired to remember Zen Center in their will primarily because of their relationship with Katherine Thanas. Read more

8
Jul
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Life Is Hard: Zoketsu Norman Fischer on the Necessity of Love and Compassion

“One of the worst feelings is to feel utterly alone,” says former SFZC abbot Zoketsu Norman Fischer, “but it’s impossible to ever be alone.” In the brief excerpt below transcribed from video, Norman tells us why love and compassion are simply necessities, especially in these difficult times. Read more

8
Jul
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Featured Photo, July 8

Zenkei Blanche Hartman is shown below in a past Interdependence Day Parade at Tassajara. The annual event at Tassajara around Independence Day in the US celebrates—what else?—our inter-dependence. The photo was submitted by Soren Leaver on the Boundless Life blog, which has recently shifted its focus Read more

8
Jul
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Branching Streams of Northern California: Introducing Occidental Laguna Sangha

A Branching Streams sangha profile

Our sangha started meditating together in 1995 in the small town of Occidental, California; hence the word occidental in our name. The word also means western, which is where the Buddha Dharma is now being established. We are located one hour north of San Francisco and not far from the Pacific Ocean. We currently meet together right next to the beautiful Laguna de Santa Rosa in Sebastopol, California, an important ecological reserve and the largest freshwater wetlands complex on the northern California coast. Read more

1
Jul
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In Celebration of Summer Solstice

As is tradition, summer solstice is observed with a ceremony at Tassajara Zen Heart-Mind Temple. Zenshin Greg Fain, Head of Practice, delivered these dharma words this past solstice. Read more

24
Jun
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Volunteers Needed to Keep the Zendo Open Monday Mornings through the Summer

As a result of a recent change, Monday mornings at City Center now through Labor Day will reflect the interim schedule (no formal zazen and service, though the zendo will be open during the usual times by volunteers); the Monday afternoon schedule remains as usual (see Daily Schedule). Read more

24
Jun
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Sangha Is Crucial to Our Way

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

“Even though you say, ‘I have Buddha nature,’ that alone is not enough to make it work. If you do not have a friend or sangha, it won’t work.” In this quote, Suzuki Roshi emphasizes that sangha is crucial to our way. Do you agree? Read more

23
Jun
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Thinking of Charleston

With great sadness we hold in our hearts the victims of last week’s violent attack in Charleston and all who are affected by this tragedy. Standing with the Emanuel AME Church as a faith community, we continue to grieve the unnecessary loss of life, particularly within an institution of spiritual refuge and through the wielding of a powerful hatred based on race. Read more

23
Jun
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Pope’s Groundbreaking Message on the Environment Indicates Shift for All Faith Communities

Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption.
—Pope Francis, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

Last week when Pope Francis issued a major call to action on environmental issues, many climate activists celebrated what they felt was a significant breakthrough in the conversation on climate change. Read more