Enjoy these gentle Zen moments from our daily life at SFZC, from zazen to beekeeping to organic farming, accompanied by such delightful soundtracks as Rev. Tova Green performing Bach on her cello, students chanting as they prepare to eat a formal oryoki meal, and Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. (Each snippet ends with a brief credits sequence, so stay tuned.)
Please consider making a year-end donation to support our community practice.
San Francisco Zen Center has an opening for a fund-raising professional to work in the Development Department four days per week as a Gifts Processing Coordinator. This position manages gifts processing by refining and documenting procedures, and processes all donations, entering them in the database, generating acknowledgement letters and mailing labels. This person may also phone donors to verify information. This is an ideal position for someone who is extremely detail-oriented, who has worked with the Salesforce platform, and who enjoys working in a collaborative environment. To apply for a posted position, please email a resume and cover letter (required) to firstname.lastname@example.org. No recruiters or solicitations please.
Shuso ceremonies closed the fall practice periods at both City Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center recently, launching the head students (shusos) for each practice period into a new chapter of Zen practice as budding teachers. Congratulations and best wishes to both. Read more
Zen Center will be taking part in the San Francisco Interfaith Council’s Winter Shelter program again this year. We will be providing meals for homeless men at local churches on the following Sundays: Read more
Practice takes many forms. We may meditate at home before a full day of work, we may practice while taking care of our children or aging parents, we may volunteer to help our communities, we may be a resident at a local temple, we may listen to dharma talks during our commute. In the myriad ways intention can be expressed, together we support each other.
We interviewed four sangha members to learn about their experiences with practice in daily life. Below are some reflections from two of these members. Read more
You will work at the heart of SFZC’s program department and will be responsible for supporting SFZC online program offerings—online courses, online practice periods, year-long programs. Read more
San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is seeking a program coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the planning and daily operations of SFZC program offerings including workshops, retreats and lectures at all three of our practice centers: City Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Read more
Last Friday evening, October 30, we held our annual Sejiki Ceremony at City Center. Immediately afterward, we hosted children, parents and staff from Clara House (a transitional housing facility for families) for a Halloween costume dinner, followed by trick-or-treating within Zen Center residences. Read more