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Position Opening for Zen Center’s Corporate Secretary

The Board of Directors of San Francisco Zen Center invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of secretary of Zen Center. Read more


Volunteers Needed for a Day in the Country

Photo: Valerie Boquet

Photo: Valerie Boquet

On Wednesday, August 12, Green Gulch Farm will be hosting families from Clara House. Clara House, a neighbor of City Center on Page Street, provides housing and services for families in transition, and Zen Center has been involved with them for many years.

Once a year we bring the parents and children to the farm for a tour, lunch and time at the beach. We usually leave around 9:30 or 10 and are back in the city by 4. We are looking for people who can offer rides to the families on that day. Once we get to Green Gulch, you are invited to spend as much or as little time with the children as you wish.

If you are interested in this, or have questions, please contact Jeffrey Schneider at 415.354.0379 or at


Life Is Hard: Zoketsu Norman Fischer on the Necessity of Love and Compassion

“One of the worst feelings is to feel utterly alone,” says former SFZC abbot Zoketsu Norman Fischer, “but it’s impossible to ever be alone.” In the brief excerpt below transcribed from video, Norman tells us why love and compassion are simply necessities, especially in these difficult times. Read more


Message from the Hartman Family on Crowdfunding for Blanche

Dear Sangha and Friends of Blanche:

Recently a crowdfunding site was set up to raise money for Blanche’s care. Since this site was launched, there have been some posts shared through the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, American Zen Teachers Association and other groups, that are both inaccurate and, in several cases, derogatory of San Francisco Zen Center. In particular, there is a statement on the Lion’s Roar website which seems to indicate that Blanche is $100,000 in debt, which is not true. Read more


SFZC Is Looking for an Event Coordinator — Immediate Opening

San Francisco Zen Center is a collection of three practice centers offering Zen meditation, training and programs in San Francisco, Marin and Carmel Valley. We have an immediate opening at our San Francisco center for a full-time facilitator of our reservations and registration processes for our City Center location (with some Green Gulch oversight). Training will be provided. Read more


Volunteers Needed to Keep the Zendo Open Monday Mornings through the Summer

As a result of a recent change, Monday mornings at City Center now through Labor Day will reflect the interim schedule (no formal zazen and service, though the zendo will be open during the usual times by volunteers); the Monday afternoon schedule remains as usual (see Daily Schedule). Read more


Boundless Life: Staying in Touch with Blanche Hartman

Zenkei Blanche Hartman, “Inconceivable Joy,” a senior dharma teacher and abbess emeritus of San Francisco Zen Center, has been in failing health since a fall in mid-March. After two weeks of intractable pain, she was diagnosed with a broken femur, and received a partial hip replacement on March 26. Though she received physical therapy, good food and rest, she experienced a decline in life energy. Read more

The bocce ball court at Tassajara (photo: Gib Robinson)

Zen Center Resident Sioen Roux Passes Away

June 25, 1972 – June 16, 2015

San Francisco Zen Center has been grieving the loss of Sioen Roux, who passed away suddenly at Tassajara last week. Read more

Photo: Clare Hollander

Thinking of Charleston

With great sadness we hold in our hearts the victims of last week’s violent attack in Charleston and all who are affected by this tragedy. Standing with the Emanuel AME Church as a faith community, we continue to grieve the unnecessary loss of life, particularly within an institution of spiritual refuge and through the wielding of a powerful hatred based on race. Read more


The Zen Poetry of Aging: Three Brief Teachings

Zen poets for centuries have addressed the experience of aging in ways that may resonate with and clarify our own experience of it. Below are three short teachings selected and illuminated by Jisan Tova Green, who will teach the upcoming three-week class The Zen Poetry of Aging at City Center, July 7-21. A resident priest, Tova is also a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in home and residential hospice settings. Read more