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How Leftovers Help Us Reach Out

We don’t just drop off the food; we get to serve and be part of the community in some way.
—Clare Hollander

A spotlight on SFZC outreach and volunteers, by Jay Pennington

It’s 1:00 on Thursday afternoon. Time for leftover magic. As part of City Center’s outreach activities, volunteers convene in the kitchen every Thursday to turn the week’s leftover food into something really useful—to feed those in need. Read more

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August Art Exhibit Shows Images from Home — Tibet

Tibet: Images from Home
Photographs by Tsarong Jampa Thinlay and Paintings by S. Newman Read more


Meeting Conflict with Compassion: An Interview with Jisho Lisa Hoffman

by Jay Pennington, Sangha News editor

Lisa HoffmanA coach, consultant and Zen priest, Lisa Hoffman has had 25 years of experience guiding the leadership of nonprofit organizations, gaining useful experience in skillfully handling conflict of various kinds. On Saturday, August 16, she shares what she has learned both in the working world and through the dharma, in the afternoon workshop Meeting Conflict with Compassion at City Center. Below she answers a few questions about this universal topic, offering some clues about how Buddhist teachings can help us approach disagreement and anger skillfully. Read more

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A Glimpse of Pride 2014

Photos by Mei Hung

For the seventh consecutive year, a contingent of residents, sangha members and supporters from San Francisco Zen Center marched in the SF Pride Parade on June 29, with much celebration.  Here are a couple snapshots from the day, showing a major portion of the group on the steps as they left City Center for downtown, and our Buddha gliding contentedly down Market Street ahead of the “floating zendo.” Also, for a second year SFZC won an award for “fabulous theme contingent.” Read more


Speech That Connects Us: Reflections from Tova Green

Jisan Tova Green admits to a special fascination for words and how we use them in our interactions with others. She also recognizes the importance of listening in any conversation we have. Throughout her teaching career at Zen Center, Tova has offered various classes and workshops focusing on wise speech and kind speech, grounded in Buddhist teachings about effective communication. On Sunday, July 20, she will lead Speech That Connects Us: A Day-Long Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Social Workers, Nurses and Others. Read more


Artist Narcissus Quagliata Presents Suzuki Roshi Print and Releases Recorded Presentation

I was intensely interested in the teaching of Suzuki Roshi and the practice of meditation, because I thought that it had a transformative power that was, to me, amazing.  —Narcissus Quagliata

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Photo: Clare Hollander

Sometimes Slowly: Affliction as Vehicle to Alleviate Suffering

A Weekend Residential Retreat at City Center for People in Recovery, August 8 – 10

You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice. —Suzuki Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind Read more

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July Exhibit Features Modern Mystical Art by Anahid Aslanyan

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Meeting Us Where We Are: A Look at Young Urban Zen

by Amity Bacon, Volunteer Writer
Photos by Shundo David Haye

Every Tuesday night, the Buddha Hall’s tatami mats are covered with Bay Area 20- and 30-somethings who gather as a sangha. Several join the group sporadically throughout the year, some attend monthly if not weekly, and some can’t seem to stay away. Meeting together for an evening of guided meditation and dharma text readings or exercises, they always hold lively discussions that explore the practice of Zen. They’re called Young Urban Zen (YUZ), and this month their weekly gathering enters its third year. Read more

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Saturday Sangha Serves, Studies and Retreats Together

A spotlight on SFZC volunteers, by Dennis McNally

One part class and one part volunteer work group, Saturday Sangha at City Center represents a unique opportunity to find yourself in an intimate community within the larger Zen Center sangha—and new members are warmly welcomed to join. We are among those who ring the bells, serve the tea, and stir the soup, all ways to support the temple on its busiest public day of the week. Once the work is done, we enjoy lunch together and a brief class with the head of practice, Anshin Rosalie Curtis. Read more