Photos by Carla Koop
Green Gulch Creek is flowing in its new meandering bed, as shown below. As work for the Creek Restoration Project continues, other organizations are taking part. Last Sunday during the monthly Watershed Work Party Day, this time led by STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), around 100 new alder trees were planted along the bare banks. Earlier this year through the kindness of the National Park Service and the Parks Conservancy, the alders had been harvested from the neighboring valley. Read more
By Gendo Lucy Xiao
Sometimes the opportunity to be helpful and make a difference in someone’s life falls into your lap—or perhaps your back alley. Here’s a recent story of how opportunity was met at City Center with the many hands of sangha.
It was around 8 a.m. at Golden Gate Bridge. Read more
New Paintings by Tim Wicks
in the City Center Art Lounge
300 Page Street, San Francisco
Reception: Friday, November 7, 7 – 9 pm Read more
There’s a collective urgency now, which I hope is enough to inspire sitting and action.
The above quote captures the tone from a presentation on October 3 by City Center resident Milo Burn after his return from the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21. Milo traveled there on “the Climate Train,” which made the cross-country trip an event in itself, as 170 activists spent travel time together in workshops and inspiring each other, all while on board Amtrak. Read more
City Center Abiding Abbot Ed Sattizahn took in an early morning courtyard view between activities in the one-day sitting on October 4. This first sitting of the fall signaled that the abbot’s first practice period at Zen Center was well under way. In addition to offering a perfect stage for dramatic seasonal displays of sunlight, the peaceful courtyard is where some students may perform morning temple cleaning work, and is also a setting for enjoying short breaks during daylong sittings. Read more
A Photo Essay by Chris Shelton
When City Center’s old stoves were replaced this fall after 20 years serving in the background—but at the core—of Zen Center life, Zen student Chris Shelton documented the project in photos and reflected on the significance of that transition and of kitchen work practice at the temple. Read more
In a ceremony on September 13, Zen Center students Michael McCord, Gentoku Smith and Zachary Smith were ordained by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller amidst a full Buddha Hall of supporters at City Center. Here are a few select photos from that pivotal day. Michael and Gentoku have since returned to continue residence at Tassajara, and Zachary continues to teach and learn as a non-resident with the City Center sangha. Read more