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
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
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
By Sachico Ohanks, Communications Coordinator, and Wendy Lewis, Curriculum Coordinator
When we enter our Buddhist practice, we usually come to a point—perhaps sometime after encountering our first koan—at which we begin to ask various questions: Why, When, Where, How? The Advanced Buddhist Studies Lecture Series at San Francisco Zen Center offers an opportunity to explore some of the historical texts, concepts and doctrines behind Buddhism today. Read more
Saturday, April 26, 2014
11 am – 12:30 pm
in the City Center dining room (free) Read more
by Nancy Petrin, Manager of Annual Fund and Membership
Year after year, the San Francisco Zen Center sangha has come together to support its temples, the teachings and the Dharma—and we wouldn’t exist without that support. We keep experimenting with offering ways to support Zen Center that nourish our sense of community along the way—from a “Zenefit” to auctions and raffles. And now the SIT-A-THON. Read more
- approved an amended Deed of Gift sending the Zen Center archives to Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
- created a task force led by Bruce Fortin to consider the abbatial feedback process.
- approved a resolution granting a further $25,000 to the Green Gulch septic repairs program.
Usually people do work with some complicated idea in their mind that is something extra. And so, in this simple practice we look at—okay, how can you let go of anything extra, and just put yourself wholeheartedly into the work at hand?
Inspiring Words on Work from a 2013 Interview with Myogen Steve Stücky, produced by Judith Keenan Read more