April 8, 1947 – November 9, 2014
San Francisco Zen Center grieves the loss of Denis Rodriguez, who was a student in the early days of Zen Center and who lived and practiced at all three centers. In recent years Denis was an employee in the Accounting Department. Denis was one of the first workers at the original Tassajara Bakery on Cole Street in San Francisco. Read more
A group of teachers and senior students—Mel Weitsman, Victoria Austin, Mary Mocine and Mary Watson—have just completed recording a series of interviews with Zenkei Blanche Hartman. The interviews explored Zen Center’s robe-sewing tradition, Zenkei’s relationships with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Mitsu Suzuki Sensei (Okusan), Zenkei’s family and marriage, her role as abbess, and other topics. All the interviews will be gifted to Zen Center for its archive, and some of the interviews may be shared quite soon with other practice centers, particularly the interviews focused on sewing Buddha’s robe. Read more
Friday is the final day of the annual Membership Drive for SFZC. If you have joined in recent weeks, please accept our bows of appreciation and welcome. If you haven’t yet joined and are considering it, now is a wonderful time to make a membership commitment, and help us to earn a matching donation that doubles the impact of your pledge. Read more
A Message to the SFZC Sangha (Residents, Employees and the Wider Sangha) from Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts, President Susan O’Connell and Director of People Development Mark Lancaster
Recently, such as at the community meeting with the Zen Center Board on September 17, there have been a number of questions raised about how conflict is handled at Zen Center and, in particular, how allegations of serious misconduct are investigated and how we work with the aspect of confidentiality that surrounds such investigations. Read more
Dear Sangha Members,
As I am about to leave for Tassajara for the Fall Practice Period, I wanted to let you know some things that are on my mind both at San Francisco Zen Center and in the wider world we share and create together. Read more
The ancient bodhisattvas found joy in doing small things, encouraged by the famous words in the Lotus Sūtra, “to shine one corner of the world.” It is enough if you just shine one corner of the world. That is enough. —Talk by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Tassajara, 1969 Read more
With select excerpts below from a fuller obituary, we honor Rudy Hurwich for his long relationship with San Francisco Zen Center. He had maintained a personal relationship with Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn at Zen Center since 1979, during Ed’s term as SFZC president. Rudy’s family has kindly named Zen Center as one of the organizations to which donations may be made in his memory. Read more
We offer our sincere thanks to all the people who participated in last week’s book sale. Through your generosity, we raised $1917.
This money will be distributed among our various outreach programs, helping to provide books for prisoners, food for homeless men and women, and various other services.
Truly, we could not do it without you.
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
Dear people of color community of San Francisco Zen Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara,
San Francisco Zen Center is exploring how to build awareness and equity in dharma practice, and in the workings of all our centers—City Center, Green Gulch and Tassajara. As part of this intention, a team at Zen Center has undertaken an assessment to build understanding of how to support this vision. Members of this team include Central Abbess Linda Cutts, City Center Abbot Ed Sattizahn, Vice President Tova Green, SFZC Cultural Awareness Advocate Lee Lipp, City Center Director Shundo David Haye, Zen Center Board member Bruce Fortin and consultant Arinna Weisman. Read more