At the traditional Zen Center leaving ceremony, the monk is described as returning to the marketplace with gift-bestowing hands. After fifteen years of residential zen training, Shundo David Haye finds himself outside the temple gate and wondering how exactly he can offer those gifts
The Abbatial Leadership of San Francisco Zen Center will host a memorial service for Mitsu Suzuki Sensei, poet, beloved tea teacher, and wife of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, in the Buddha Hall at City Center, at 3pm on Saturday, February 27. The event will also be Live Streamed. All are invited; please respond to email@example.com if you plan to attend. (Street parking near City Center is very limited. Please carpool or take public transit if possible.)
This morning, Wednesday, January 27, Shindo Gita Gayatri accepted the invitation to be the shuso (head student) for the Winter 2016 practice period led by her teacher, Ryushin Paul Haller, at City Center. The benji (shuso’s attendant) will be Juan Angel.
“So many of you expressed your love for and remembrances of Mitsu Suzuki upon hearing of her death on January 9, 2016 that I wanted to tell you about the beautiful ceremonies that were held for her in Japan, which I attended,” writes Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts.
On New Year’s Day 2016, the big bell began ringing at 7:45 am at City Center to signal the start of the New Year’s Day ceremony – a relatively late start for us, but many of us had been up past midnight sitting zazen and ringing in the New Year with the traditional 108 bells.
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.