Thursday, March 15, 7:30 – 9 pm
City Center dining room
300 Page Street, SF, 94102
Accessible and elegant teachings from the late beloved Zen teacher Katherine Thanas, edited by Natalie Goldberg and Bill Anelli.
by Rev. Gendo Lucy Xiao (玄道)
Recently I gave meditation instruction at SFZC’s City Center. When I asked the newcomers what brought them to meditation, one person mentioned “peace of mind,” and another said “to be freed from suffering.” It struck me that no matter who we are, there is a common thread that brings us to practice—our inner-most desire to be freed from suffering and to live in peace and happiness.
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.
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.
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.