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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

20
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

15
Apr
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Zen and Visions in Light and Glass: An Evening with Renowned Glass Artist Narcissus Quagliata

Be aware of the light. If you really understand what light is, it will reflect on you. Everything is made out of light.  —Narcissus Quagliata, as interviewed by Lilou Mace in March 2012 (see this YouTube video)

Famous today for designing glassworks from Rome to Taiwan, Narcissus Robert Quagliata left important traces of his beginnings at Zen Center. Read more

1
Apr
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Mitsu Suzuki: 100 Years (Photographs)

Photos by Fu Schroeder, Barbara Lubanski-Wenger, Mitsue Nagase, Rosalie Curtis and others Read more

25
Mar
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Spring Sit-a-Thon: A Fundraiser that Builds Community

by Nancy Petrin, Manager of Annual Fund and Membership

Year after year, the San Francisco Zen Center sangha has come together to support its temples, the teachings and the Dharma—and we wouldn’t exist without that support. We keep experimenting with offering ways to support Zen Center that nourish our sense of community along the way—from a “Zenefit” to auctions and raffles. And now the SIT-A-THON. Read more