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11
Nov
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Denis Rodriguez, Employee, Alumnus and Friend, Passes Away

April 8, 1947 – November 9, 2014

San Francisco Zen Center grieves the loss of Denis Rodriguez, who was a student in the early days of Zen Center and who lived and practiced at all three centers.  In recent years Denis was an employee in the Accounting Department. Denis was one of the first workers at the original Tassajara Bakery on Cole Street in San Francisco. Read more

11
Nov
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SF Launch Party for Jane Hirshfield’s New Chapbook

Come meet Jane Hirshfield, poet, essayist, translator, and Zen Center alum and teacher, as she launches her limited edition chapbook of new works. The book, called minus / myness and published by Missing Links Press, is a limited edition chapbook of new works that share titles beginning with “My.” The edition of 150 is letterpress printed in four colors, and hand-sewn and bound in San Francisco, California. Read more

11
Nov
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Volunteers Needed to Transcribe Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s Oral History

A group of teachers and senior students—Mel Weitsman, Victoria Austin, Mary Mocine and Mary Watson—have just completed recording a series of interviews with Zenkei Blanche Hartman. The interviews explored Zen Center’s robe-sewing tradition, Zenkei’s relationships with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Mitsu Suzuki Sensei (Okusan), Zenkei’s family and marriage, her role as abbess, and other topics. All the interviews will be gifted to Zen Center for its archive, and some of the interviews may be shared quite soon with other practice centers, particularly the interviews focused on sewing Buddha’s robe. Read more

23
Sep
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Book Review for Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick, by Daniel Herman

Published by Lehigh University Press, with Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
Review by Catherine Gammon

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a young Zen student practicing at Tassajara read Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick on the suggestion of a friend at the monastery. Maybe Daniel Herman would have gone on from there to study literature and complete his PhD, even to write his dissertation on the very novel and the very subject, without the happy circumstance of having met Melville’s whale for the first time in the mountains of the Ventana Wilderness, in the deep heart-opening canyon that is Tassajara. Maybe that dissertation would even have become a book. And maybe not. Certainly not this book. Read more

2
Sep
The garden

Beginner’s Mind Zen Center: An Introduction to Northridge’s Neighborhood Zendo

The name comes from the Zen Buddhist term “beginner’s mind,” which describes an openness, eagerness and lack of preconception in living one’s life.  —from beginnersmindzencenter.org

A Branching Streams sangha profile by Cody Farley (Northridge, CA)
(A series of articles introducing sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network) Read more

12
Aug

Jeff Broadbent, Sociology Professor and Environmental Activist, Speaks Aug 19

broadbentWay-Seeking Mind: Lay Wanderings in East/West Heart/Mind Scapes
A talk by Jeff Broadbent in the City Center dining room (free; by donation)
Tuesday, August 19, 7:30 pm Read more

17
Jun
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Introducing Centro Zen L’Arco, Roma: A Roman Gate to Zen

A Branching Streams sangha profile. This series of articles introduces sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

by Dario Doshin Girolami

Centro Zen L’Arco is right on top of the hill from where Emperor Nero watched the great fire of Rome, and five minutes’ walk from the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. Read more

10
Jun
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Dragons in the City by Lake Michigan: Introducing Chicago’s Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

A Branching Streams sangha profile. This series of articles introduces sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

by Laurel Ross

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago is a robust, lively example of the wonderful flowering of serious Zen practice now happening throughout the United States. Read more

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May
Tassajara, fall 2002 (photo: Tova Green)

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From the archives (2002)

This summer, SFZC is pleased to again offer an Alumni Retreat at Tassajara, from July 11 to 14, 2014. SFZC alumni from all three temples (and all years) are warmly invited. Follow the link above for more information, and be sure to reserve your space now. Read more

15
Apr
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Cultivating Suzuki Roshi’s Dharma Seed in the Rogue Valley: An Introduction to Ashland Zen Center

A Branching Streams Sangha Profile, the second in a series of articles introducing sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

by Tendo Stacy Waymire and Kigetsu Ramana Waymire Read more