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Local Zen: Places to Practice in San Francisco

Local Zen Map_x600Having featured Branching Streams sangha profiles for four affiliated member groups in far-flung locations over the past several months, Sangha News turns its focus local, to the many Soto Zen groups within the Suzuki Roshi lineage that have sprung up right around SFZC. This first local article provides a flavor for five such sanghas just within the city limits, while future articles are planned to address other parts of the Bay Area. Below are brief descriptions of the colorful San Francisco sangha life from these groups beyond 300 Page Street.* Read more


Volunteer Needed for GGF Garden Items at SF Ferry Plaza Stand

A volunteer is needed to help at the Green Gulch produce stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco. Responsibility would be primarily for selling the flower bouquets, herbs, and fruit, from approximately 7 – 11 am every Saturday. Full commitment through September is preferred, but all are encouraged to inquire. Reply to Lauren Bouyea at

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A Glimpse of Pride 2014

Photos by Mei Hung

For the seventh consecutive year, a contingent of residents, sangha members and supporters from San Francisco Zen Center marched in the SF Pride Parade on June 29, with much celebration.  Here are a couple snapshots from the day, showing a major portion of the group on the steps as they left City Center for downtown, and our Buddha gliding contentedly down Market Street ahead of the “floating zendo.” Also, for a second year SFZC won an award for “fabulous theme contingent.” Read more

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Eijun Linda Cutts Advocates for New Green Bills at Interfaith Power & Light’s Lobby Day in Sacramento

On June 25, SFZC Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts joined Rev. Canon Sally Bingham of Grace Cathedral, president and founder of California Interfaith Power & Light (CIPL), and more than 30 representatives of several other religious groups from all over California for CIPL’s Lobby Day in Sacramento. CIPL members advocated for legislative bills that would put 1 million zero-emission or near-zero-emission vehicles on the road, including buses and trucks. Besides reducing buildup of greenhouse gases, this initiative also aims to protect the health of one in four Californians who live near freeways and often suffer with asthma or other related health challenges. Read more

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Introducing Centro Zen L’Arco, Roma: A Roman Gate to Zen

A Branching Streams sangha profile. This series of articles introduces sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

by Dario Doshin Girolami

Centro Zen L’Arco is right on top of the hill from where Emperor Nero watched the great fire of Rome, and five minutes’ walk from the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. Read more

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Dragons in the City by Lake Michigan: Introducing Chicago’s Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

A Branching Streams sangha profile. This series of articles introduces sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

by Laurel Ross

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago is a robust, lively example of the wonderful flowering of serious Zen practice now happening throughout the United States. Read more


Volunteer with SFZC to Serve Homeless Breakfast at St. Boniface Church

Zen Center, in concert with the Gubbio Project and other local congregations, will be offering breakfast to homeless men and women this summer. The dates for our service are the following Wednesdays: June 18, July 2 and August 6. Read more


San Francisco Pride Parade 2014 – June 29

Sunday, June 29, 9 am – 5 pm

The San Francisco Zen Center sangha will be marching in the Pride Parade for the seventh consecutive year, manifesting the harmony of difference and equality. You are warmly welcomed to join in this joyous celebration. Read more


Taking Mindfulness to Jail

A spotlight on SFZC outreach and volunteers, by Ethan Elder

Zen Center volunteer Ethan Elder offers regular meditation and stress reduction classes in the San Francisco women’s jail as part of City Center’s Yoga and Meditation in Jail Program. Here he shares some details of the work and reflects on his experience. Read more


Cultivating Suzuki Roshi’s Dharma Seed in the Rogue Valley: An Introduction to Ashland Zen Center

A Branching Streams Sangha Profile, the second in a series of articles introducing sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

by Tendo Stacy Waymire and Kigetsu Ramana Waymire Read more