What pleasantly surprised me with regard to the online practice period was the experience of it being a bridge between monastic and urban practice, while providing a sense of intimacy and safety that developed instantly. —Maura McAleenan
by Lydia Linker, Online Programs Coordinator
The ways that technology makes our world smaller are reaching even to monastic-style practice. Read more
A Branching Streams sangha profile by Mary Mocine
Clear Water is a rather small event, in the northeast corner of San Francisco Bay where the Carquinez Straight and the Napa River come together. That is why we are named water. The name comes from the Dogen poem “Zazenshin”: Read more
The new documentary States of Grace hits Bay Area theaters to coincide with the installation of a movable median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge in early January. Dr. Grace Dammann’s life was forever changed when a driver crashed head on into her car during a routine commute across the bridge in 2008. Read more
Come meet Jane Hirshfield, poet, essayist, translator, and Zen Center alum and teacher, as she launches her limited edition chapbook of new works. The book, called minus / myness and published by Missing Links Press, is a limited edition chapbook of new works that share titles beginning with “My.” The edition of 150 is letterpress printed in four colors, and hand-sewn and bound in San Francisco, California. 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
San Francisco Zen Center representatives will join a contingent from Brooklyn Zen Center to express serious concern for the environment at the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, in New York City. Those from SFZC include Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts, President Susan O’Connell, Branching Streams Coordinator Steve Weintraub, Program Director David Zimmerman, GGF Conference Coordinator Shokuchi Carrigan and City Center resident Milo Burn. Any members of our wider sangha who may be nearby are invited to join us. Read more
The date is finally set for drawing the winning ticket holders in the summer-long raffle supporting the Cloud Hall renovation at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. The drawing will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Green Gulch Farm around 11 am (during tea time after the dharma talk). Be sure to get your tickets now, and please join us for the drawing! Read more
A volunteer is still needed to help at the Green Gulch produce stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco for every Saturday in September. 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 email@example.com. Read more
We don’t just drop off the food; we get to serve and be part of the community in some way.
A spotlight on SFZC outreach and volunteers, by Jay Pennington
It’s 1:00 on Thursday afternoon. Time for leftover magic. As part of City Center’s outreach activities, volunteers convene in the kitchen every Thursday to turn the week’s leftover food into something really useful—to feed those in need. Read more
Having 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