From SFZC member Dot Kostriken
Dr. Dorothy Kostriken, a longtime member of San Francisco Zen Center, shares some memories about some of the earliest days at Tassajara in 1967, practicing with Suzuki Roshi, and how these days, at age 81, she is relating to Zen practice and to SFZC. The first practice period at Tassajara was held in 1967, and tangaryo would take place more often than it does now, for anyone interested in joining the students for any extended time. Tangaryo, a kind of traditional sitting initiation at a monastery, would last from one to three days at Tassajara during that time.
Joanna Bull, an SFZC member for five decades, tells her story from the East Coast
In 1968 a young woman, Joanna Bull, was spending a few months in Woodstock, NY. A guest of Bob Dylan’s manager, she hung out with Bob and the Band, listened to great music and looked for a clear path amid the big party. While living on the compound (built in 1812), Joanna saw a ghost. Intrigued, she made a trip to the bookstore, where she discovered Alan Watts’ The Spirit of Zen. Read more
Dear Dharma Friend:
We are profoundly grateful for your continued support of San Francisco Zen Center. Your contributions support the practice of so many people in our local temples and throughout the world. Thank you.
Due to an unavoidable change in computer systems, we need to re-enroll all members who make recurring credit card payments. Please accept our sincere apology for any inconvenience. Read more
The ancient bodhisattvas found joy in doing small things, encouraged by the famous words in the Lotus Sūtra, “to shine one corner of the world.” It is enough if you just shine one corner of the world. That is enough. —Talk by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Tassajara, 1969 Read more
At the turning of the New Year,
at this time of profound change,
at this moment which asks us to come forward and engage fully with our lives,
you have made a difference by supporting San Francisco Zen Center. Read more
The SFZC Board of Directors wishes to thank the members of Zen Center for their participation in approving the slate of board candidates. Larry Bye, Mark Lachman and Joe Rodriguez will serve three-year terms beginning in January 2014 and completing at the end of December 2016. Congratulations to new and continuing board members for the 2014-2016 term.
SFZC member Hugo Medina shares what membership means to him in this transcribed interview. Excerpts are also included in a 4.5-minute video along with selections from five other member interviews. To view the video or to sign up for membership, visit our membership page.
What made you decide to become a member? It was a long process. I had been coming out to Dharma talks, and I really enjoyed that. So, then I decided I should do something. Read more
by Nancy Petrin, Manager of Annual Fund and Membership
San Francisco Zen Center belongs to all of us, and we belong to it. This is true and wonderful. It does, however, provide a challenge for me in my role as membership manager. How do you organize a membership drive and ask those in the community who are not yet members to step forward in that way when they already feel they are members? Read more
There are still a few places left for this year’s “Evening at the Asian” Member Event. If you are a member at the Dharma Mountain, Dharma Lamp, Dharma Pillar, and Friend of . . . City Center/Green Gulch/Tassajara level join us for an evening of Buddhist art at the Asian Art Museum.
June 28 & August 30, 6-8pm