On New Year’s Day 2016, the big bell began ringing at 7:45 am at City Center to signal the start of the New Year’s Day ceremony – a relatively late start for us, but many of us had been up past midnight sitting zazen and ringing in the New Year with the traditional 108 bells.
We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Suzuki Roshi’s widow, Mitsu ‘Okusan’ Suzuki, early Saturday January 9, 2015. The three temples rang the densho 108 times that morning, and each temple held a memorial service to honor her passing and express gratitude for her teachings and her presence in San Francisco Zen Center.
San Francisco Zen Center has a full-time employee opening for a Controller. You will be responsible for the accuracy of Zen Center’s periodic financial reports, establishing and upholding an adequate system of procedures and controls, and maintaining accounting books and records in a manner consistent with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). You will be responsible for day-to-day accounting operations and supervising the accounting staff of San Francisco Zen Center. To apply for a posted position, please email a resume and cover letter (required) to firstname.lastname@example.org. No recruiters or solicitations please.
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 email@example.com. 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