We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Suzuki Roshi’s widow, Mitsu ‘Okusan’ Suzuki, early Saturday January 9, 2015. The three temples rang the densho 108 times that morning, and each temple held a memorial service to honor her passing and express gratitude for her teachings and her presence in San Francisco Zen Center.
This year the abbatial leaders focused on the power of fire in their year-end message, encouraging us to be careful with fire in order to promote its benefits and mitigate harmful effects. On New Year’s Eve, our tradition at both City Center and Green Gulch includes a bonfire, which is tended carefully after midnight.
The fall 2015 practice period at Tassajara saw Djinn Gallagher running the wake-up bell at 3:45 every morning as shuso (head monk). The Shuso Ceremony (also called Hossenshiki, which translates as “dharma combat”) on December 18 was the culmination of her three months of monastic training, and launches her into the next stage of her practice as a teacher.
Enjoy these gentle Zen moments from our daily life at SFZC, from zazen to beekeeping to organic farming, accompanied by such delightful soundtracks as Rev. Tova Green performing Bach on her cello, students chanting as they prepare to eat a formal oryoki meal, and Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. (Each snippet ends with a brief credits sequence, so stay tuned.)
Please consider making a year-end donation to support our community practice.
Practice takes many forms. We may meditate at home before a full day of work, we may practice while taking care of our children or aging parents, we may volunteer to help our communities, we may be a resident at a local temple, we may listen to dharma talks during our commute. In the myriad ways intention can be expressed, together we support each other. Read more
Shuso ceremonies closed the fall practice periods at both City Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center recently, launching the head students (shusos) for each practice period into a new chapter of Zen practice as budding teachers. Congratulations and best wishes to both. Read more
Practice takes many forms. We may meditate at home before a full day of work, we may practice while taking care of our children or aging parents, we may volunteer to help our communities, we may be a resident at a local temple, we may listen to dharma talks during our commute. In the myriad ways intention can be expressed, together we support each other.
We interviewed four sangha members to learn about their experiences with practice in daily life. Below are some reflections from two of these members. Read more
You will work at the heart of SFZC’s program department and will be responsible for supporting SFZC online program offerings—online courses, online practice periods, year-long programs. Read more
San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is seeking a program coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the planning and daily operations of SFZC program offerings including workshops, retreats and lectures at all three of our practice centers: City Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Read more