Suzuki Roshi’s Way is flourishing.
San Francisco Zen Center’s “Branching Streams” Network of Affiliate Sanghas is now comprised of 75 Dharma centers, ranging in size from meeting-once-a-week small sitting groups to established centers with their own Abbesses/Abbots, Boards of Directors, dedicated property, and numerous weekly Dharma offerings.
By Central Abbess Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts
Amidst the political and social challenges of our times, when public expressions of racism, bigotry, anti-semitism, and hatred and violence are rising, I wanted to make very clear that San Francisco Zen Center, in our commitment to the practice of waking up and living in wisdom and compassion, strives to be a place of tolerance, openness, and welcoming, and a community of peaceful spiritual sanctuary.
We just celebrated the Buddha’s birth in a ceremony of bathing the baby Buddha in sweet tea. The last shuso ceremony of the winter and spring practice periods ended this week and we turn to the Guest Season at Tassajara, the Growing Season at Green Gulch Farm and the spring and summer activities of the City Center including the 6-week practice period that I will be leading, the Environmental March on April 29, and the upcoming Pride Parade in June.
“Even if the sun rises in the west
the Bodhisattva has only one way.”
– Shunryu Suzuki Roshi