The Winter 2016 Practice Period at Tassajara came to a joyful conclusion with the Shuso Ceremony of Hakusho Johan Ostlund.
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.)
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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. Read more
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
On November 5, Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson ordained his student Myoyu Malvern Costelloe at Green Dragon Temple in a shukke tokudo (priest ordination ceremony). Abbesses Eijun Linda Cutts and Furyu Schroeder were also preceptors for the ceremony. Read more
The Guest Program Plus a New Kitchen Program at Green Gulch
Expanding the options for residential training, the staff at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center are pleased to launch a new Kitchen Apprenticeship Program beginning in February 2016. The program will be offered three times a year in tandem with the periods of the continuing Guest Program Apprenticeship, launched last year. Read more
Last week the farm and garden apprentices completed their six-month program at Green Gulch Farm. Apprentices made up two-thirds of the farm crew, shown below with Farm Manager Qayyum Johnson. Thanks to all on this crew and the garden crew (not shown) for their hard work and practice this season! Read more