When the heavens opened on April 9, we worried that the pouring rain, dense fog, and deep, slippery mud at Green Gulch Farm might dampen the Zen-a-thon spirit. Instead, we discovered how community blossomed. Read more
After many years of practice, Kim Hart was ordained as a priest by her teacher Ryushin Paul Haller in the City Center Buddha Hall on Saturday, April 16, surrounded by family and friends. Read more
The Winter 2016 Practice Period at Tassajara came to a joyful conclusion with the Shuso Ceremony of Hakusho Johan Ostlund.
City Center shuso Shindo Gita Gayatri completed her training with the Shuso Ceremony on March 26, 2016, at the end of the Winter Practice Period, led by Ryushin Paul Haller. Read more
In his new book, Don’t Be a Jerk, radical writer Brad Warner offers an update of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, “a very long, very old book.” He’ll be discussing Don’t Be a Jerk at City Center on April 8; in the meantime, he explains why he thinks Dogen was a punk-rock Buddhist.
Award-winning poet Brynn Saito, intrigued by the teachings of Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki, shares with us her poem in response to the master’s teaching. Read more
The Zen Center outreach programs for prisoners, the homeless, indigent families, etc. are largely funded by our twice annual book sales. The upcoming book sale is the week of Saturday, April 2 – Saturday, April 9, 2016 at City Center.
“The monastery needs/ the road”, writes Zen teacher and poet Jisan Tova Green, who spent many years at Tassajara, where the fourteen-mile entry road discourages all but the most determined of visitors. Read more
“My inspiration springs from my feral imagination,” says Susan Imperial, whose work is on show at City Center during the month of March. Everyone is invited to the reception, March 18, 7 pm – 9 pm. Read more
It’s the 39th annual Tassajara No Race, and we’re looking for a design to put on this year’s T-shirt. Send us your drawing, and if it’s chosen, it will be unveiled to great acclaim on the day of the No Race.