Article by Kogan Sheldon, Program Assistant
Quotations from a talk given Saturday, March 26, 1966: “The Way-Seeking Mind“
“When we have problems for ourselves, direct feeling of the problem—of the fact you have to face—is how you arise the way-seeking mind.” Read more
Norman Fischer is very approachable, more like your friendly neighbor than the former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, nationally known writer, poet, and leader of Buddhist thought that he is. In his rhythmic way of speaking there is humor and a matter-of-fact way of stating things, as well as a sense that he can find the humanity in any topic or action. This is reflected in one phrase I heard Norman say in “Four Stories about Zhaozhou,” a dharma talk he gave at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2012 — “As long as we are alive, we will never get over being alive.” Read more
Right away I noticed, when interviewing Darcy Lyon, her expressiveness and warmth. She has an off-hand way of revealing progress towards elusive goals like opening to greater awareness and presence through asana and dharma. For her the two flow together beautifully, and she aspires to share this perspective with her students. Read more
Photos by Shundo David Haye
On June 15, the Spring Practice Period ended at City Center with a ceremony spotlighting the shuso (head student) for the period, Gib Robinson. The practice period was led by Central Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky on the theme “How to Be Dharma Companions for and with Each Other.” Read more
Me, Myself and I: To Have, To Hold, and Then To Let Go When Needed—An Interview with Keiryu Liên Shutt
Article by Sachico Ohanks, Communications Coordinator at SFZC
Photographs by Clare Hollander
Awareness of self is one of the core abilities that we develop, from which all other abilities draw support. And yet, as adults we often have little opportunity to explore this aspect of ourselves in a safe and supportive environment. In this interview, Keiryu Liên Shutt discusses the theme of “Me, Myself and I: To Have, To Hold, and Then To Let Go When Needed,” providing an opportunity to explore our sense of self. Read more
Article by Kogan Sheldon, Program Assistant at San Francisco Zen Center
A Shamatha Sitting is a more relaxed form of one-day sit that is excellent for beginners and for anyone who needs a gently nourishing day of meditative practice. With a focus on joy and abiding in the moment, our next Shamatha Sitting will be led by Mark Lancaster on Sunday, May 26, at City Center.
by Lauren Fabumni
Last Sunday, March 3, some of us participating in the Spring Practice Period ventured out from City Center to Berkeley so we could take in the musical story of the life of the Buddha, The Fourth Messenger (book and lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and music and lyrics by Vienna Teng). The trip was supported by a generous gift of discounted tickets for our SFZC’s City Center residential and practice period students.