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Posts from the ‘Zen Practice’ Category

24
Mar
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Book Review for Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender

Published by Wisdom Publications, 2015
Review by Shahara Godfrey

Reverend Zenju Earthlyn Manuel has written a thoughtful and poignant book titled The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. As a black lesbian Zen priest, she invites us to explore awakening through the challenges of race, sexuality and gender. Her audacious, fearless, courageous Buddhist framework reflects the potential for love and healing in a way rarely addressed within spiritual communities. Read more

24
Mar
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Zen’s Disruptive Tradition

The first in a series of monthly updates on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

Can we use technology to wake up and experience liberation? Zen has a long tradition of using disruptive practices to wake up. Just sitting, or zazen—the core of Zen practice—is an exceedingly simple and deeply transformational practice that asks us to sit still and think not-thinking. What could be more disruptive? In the Sangha Project, we are exploring how cutting-edge technology might be used to cut through the conditioned habits and values that perpetuate suffering. These explorations and discoveries are the focus of this new monthly feature. Read more

18
Mar
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Roaming Zen: An Urban Walking Meditation

Since ancient times, walking has been an important activity for meditators. Nonetheless this mindfulness practice may seem to be an unusual focus for a daylong retreat at San Francisco Zen Center. On April 11, Roaming Zen: A Daylong Urban Walking Meditation Retreat offers participants a chance to venture much further than the zendo quadrant usually traversed during the daily “kinhin” period in the temple. Read more

18
Mar
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New Website Launched as Hub for Branching Streams Affiliates

Visit branchingstreams.sfzc.org.

Zen Center’s Branching Streams network is branching out in a new way. A website was launched earlier this month that is dedicated to affiliate sanghas, offering the network’s growing membership new ways of supporting one another. SFZC Branching Streams Liaison Steve Weintraub says he looks forward to watching how extensive use of the website will contribute to further “knitting our practice at the different centers together.” Read more

24
Feb
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Traveler-Photographer Shares Monumentally Sacred Sites in “On the Road . . . to Away-Seeking Mind”

The featured artist at City Center for the month of March is Susana Millman, a professional photographer and dedicated sangha member. Her show, titled “On the Road . . . to Away-Seeking Mind,” runs for the entire month, with an artist’s reception on Friday, March 6, from 7 to 9 pm. Read more

18
Feb
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The Spirit of Zen: Keiryu Liên Shutt on Wise Effort and Non-Doing

The following reflection by Keiryu Liên Shutt was extracted from a talk she gave in 2008 titled “What I Love about Zen.” Read more

18
Feb
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The Environment Is a Field of Practice: A Swarm of Recent Events at Green Gulch Farm

I feel absolutely committed to the often-awkward work of agitating for greater awareness of the severe crisis our species has wrought upon the planet, much the same as I am committed to acknowledging my own mistakes and confusions.  —Qayyum Johnson

Several recent events at or involving Green Gulch Farm have underscored both the concern felt at Zen Center for the environment and the wonderful partnerships forged by leaders at Zen Center to express that concern. Here are a few notes about what has been going on, with links to related content. Read more

11
Feb
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Rain Brings Deep Refreshment

by Shinchi Linda Galijan, Tassajara Director

The storms of the past few days brought over 5 inches of very welcome rain, bringing us to a total of over 17 inches so far this season, which is close to normal.  Tassajara Creek is running high and fast—and loud!—and Cabarga Creek, that runs under the little bridge, is booming.  Along the road are sparkling waterfalls amid the fresh mosses, ferns and bright spring grasses.  In front of the zendo, crocuses, narcissus, daffodils and iris are a source of deep delight.  Week by week, the days get visibly longer, and the play of light and shadows on the green mountains changes with the changing seasons. Read more

3
Feb
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SFZC Cosponsors SFSU Conference on Mindfulness and Compassion

How can contemplative practices and rigorous scientific studies best inform each other for a greater common good? Internationally recognized scholars and contemplatives will explore this issue in what promises to be a thought-provoking, multi-disciplinary conference. Please join us for this special event, Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice, June 3-7 at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Among the distinguished faculty is Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts. Read more

21
Jan
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Featured Photo, January 21

This snapshot from the spring of 2011 captures Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller appreciating the beginner’s mind of his grandson, Marcello, in a procession for Buddha’s Birthday in Koshland Park, across the street from City Center. Read more