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26
Oct

Visionary Marin 2016 Honors Abbess Fu Schroeder

Visionary Marin 2016
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
November 3, 6 – 8:30 pm Read more

4
Oct

Volunteers Needed for Grace Cathedral Event

Sickness, Old Age, and Death – A Conversation features Lucy Kalanithi (When Breath Becomes Air), Grace Dammann (States of Grace), and Lennon Flowers (The Dinner Party). The evening’s discussion will be held at Grace Cathedral on Wednesday, November 2, from 7 – 9 pm, and we need your support as a volunteer.
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15
Dec

Volunteers Needed to Cook and Serve for the Winter Shelter Program

Zen Center will be taking part in the San Francisco Interfaith Councils Winter Shelter program again this year. We will be providing meals for homeless men at local churches on the following Sundays: Read more

18
Nov

Opening Our Hearts in a Shared World

A Message from the Central Abbess

Earlier this month Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts participated in an interfaith panel on the environment at Santa Clara University. The event preceded a two-day conference on November 3-4, titled Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis. Read more

2
Nov

Introducing the Sangha Project: Wednesday’s Talk at City Center

Being on a spiritual path together with friends who are encouraging and supporting each other in their practice is called Sangha. The challenge for manyand especially those who don’t live in a residential practice centeris that its not easy to find spiritual friendship. Read more

28
Oct

Five Ingredients for Building Sangha

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

Over the past couple of years, a small team led by Do-On Robert Thomas has been working on extending the San Francisco Zen Center sangha more widely out into the world. We call this effort The Sangha Project. Read more

23
Sep

Digital Sangha: Practicing the WayTogether

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

When we first began experimenting with an online zendo, we wondered how it would feel to sit zazen in digital time-space. One of the first surprises was discovering how similar sitting together via a videoconferencing app was to sitting together in the meditation hall. Many group members have spoken about the sense of connection we feel and our deepening commitment to show up and support each others practice. Read more

22
Sep

Another Opportunity for Free Professional Advice on Estate Planning

Last weeks free workshop with Susan Olson, a financial planner at Abacus, was very helpful. We each got individual attention because the group was small. Susan presented simple ways to take care of estate planninghelping you make sure the assets of your estate go where you want them to. Besides being at Greens Restaurant (yummy snacks and cookies!), the presentation was informative, and it was fun. Read more

19
Aug

Supporting A Far-Flung Community of Practitioners

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

During the past month, the Sangha Project has taken several important steps towards finalizing plans to build an online home for the global community of San Francisco Zen Center practitioners. Read more

22
Jul

Transmitting the Dharma through Online Courses

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

In the last year Ive been working with the San Francisco Zen Center Programs staff to offer two online courses, both successful. In the fall of 2014 I offered a 4-week course titled Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body with yoga teacher Samantha Ostergaard. For this course, 110 people from over 7 states and 2 countries participated and learned the basics of integrating Zen mindfulness with body awareness, movement and flexibility. In the spring of 2015, I offered a 7-week course on the fundamental practices and principles of Zen called Meeting This Moment, joining 95 participants from 15 states and 6 countries.

This month, I would like to share with you some brief thoughts about my experience of teaching and practicing together remotely, with the support of online tools. Read more