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31
Mar
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Painting Enlightenment (A Preview): The Art and Science of the Heart Sutra

In an Advanced Buddhist Studies Lecture on Friday, April 24, Dr. Paula Arai will exhibit and discuss paintings by a Japanese contemplative scientist that meld insights from scientific expertise with the Buddhist tradition of contemplative calligraphy. Integrating the sacred words of a Buddhist text prized for its liberative power with images both microscopic and cosmic, the Zen ink paintings on exhibit offer visual counsel on how reality can be perceived through the lens of wisdom to see the realm of compassion. (See full description of lecture.)

Below are some examples with enlarged details from paintings by Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002), whose work will be discussed in the lecture on April 24. Read more

31
Mar
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Congratulations to City Center Shuso

Congratulations and thanks to Tim Kroll for serving as shuso (head student) for the Winter 2015 Practice Period at City Center, led by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller. Both are pictured below after the Shuso Ceremony on Saturday, March 28, which closed the practice period at the end of a seven-day sesshin. Read more

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

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

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

24
Feb
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Marching Forth in Practice—with Help from the Zen Center Bookstore

March is the only month that contains a date that is a full sentence (March 4th). It also a month that marks movement toward spring: daylight savings time begins again (spring forward). With all this energy of moving toward the future in the air, it is a good time to take stock of where we are and where we might be going. In honor of this pivotal time the bookstore is offering a complimentary “stepping stones” greeting card with purchase of $25.00 or more throughout the month of March. 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

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

20
Jan

Invitation to People of Color in the San Francisco Zen Center Community

This letter is an invitation to attend a meeting for people of color (POC) in the San Francisco Zen Center community. This is a follow-up to a meeting held on September 17, 2014 at City Center, which was facilitated by Phil Hutchings, and an earlier meeting with Arinna Weisman, who has been working with SFZC on building an inclusive sangha. Read more

14
Jan
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City Center Joins Neighborhood in Vigil After Four Shot on Our Corner

Last Friday evening, four young men were shot and killed near City Center’s street corner in San Francisco. For Zen Center residents and neighbors, it was a shocking reminder of the tragic violence that plagues our neighborhoods and cities. With heavy hearts we offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Read more