by Shinchi Linda Galijan, Tassajara Director
The storms of the past few days brought over 5 inches of very welcome rain, bringing us to a total of over 17 inches so far this season, which is close to normal. Tassajara Creek is running high and fast—and loud!—and Cabarga Creek, that runs under the little bridge, is booming. Along the road are sparkling waterfalls amid the fresh mosses, ferns and bright spring grasses. In front of the zendo, crocuses, narcissus, daffodils and iris are a source of deep delight. Week by week, the days get visibly longer, and the play of light and shadows on the green mountains changes with the changing seasons. Read more
Congratulations and thanks go to the shusos (head students) who helped lead the fall practice periods in 2014: Maria Linsao, under Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts at Tassajara, and Simon Moyes, under Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson at Green Gulch Farm. (Nancy Petrin, under Abbot Ed Sattizahn at City Center, was previously featured in Sangha News here.) The shusos are pictured below with their teachers following their respective Shuso Ceremonies at the end of the practice periods last month. Read more
Update as of 12/17/2014: position filled
(January 5, 2015 – September 13, 2015)
San Francisco Zen Center is a collection of three practice centers offering Zen meditation, training and programs in San Francisco, Marin and Carmel Valley. We have an opening at our San Francisco center for a part-time reservations specialist for Tassajara (our Carmel Valley location). 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
In a ceremony on September 13, Zen Center students Michael McCord, Gentoku Smith and Zachary Smith were ordained by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller amidst a full Buddha Hall of supporters at City Center. Here are a few select photos from that pivotal day. Michael and Gentoku have since returned to continue residence at Tassajara, and Zachary continues to teach and learn as a non-resident with the City Center sangha. Read more
Tassajara has an amazing array of accommodations available in the last two weeks of its guest season. There are multi-night stays available in just about all the rate categories. Call now to book!
Space is still available in the following retreats:
- Bringing Yoga and Zen Home: Creating and Sustaining a Home Practice (Sep 1-4)
- Courage and Intimacy: Exploring Women’s Stories (Sep 1-4)
- Getting to What Matters: More Love, Less Stuff (Sep 4-7)
- Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body: A Zen Mind, Yoga Body Retreat (Sep 4-7)
There are only four weeks left to visit Tassajara this summer! We have private cabins available for the night of Monday August 18 and opportunities to stay two to three nights for solo travelers in our men’s and women’s dorms during the week. There’s also one spot left in shared housing (male) for the retreat Balanced and Awake.
For the weekend August 22-24, we have multi-night stays in private cabins and the dorms. Call now to book!