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Posts tagged ‘Wider Sangha’

22
Jul
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Transmitting the Dharma through Online Courses

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

In the last year I’ve been working with the San Francisco Zen Center Programs staff to offer two online courses, both successful. In the fall of 2014 I offered a 4-week course titled Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body with yoga teacher Samantha Ostergaard. For this course, 110 people from over 7 states and 2 countries participated and learned the basics of integrating Zen mindfulness with body awareness, movement and flexibility. In the spring of 2015, I offered a 7-week course on the fundamental practices and principles of Zen called Meeting This Moment, joining 95 participants from 15 states and 6 countries.

This month, I would like to share with you some brief thoughts about my experience of teaching and practicing together remotely, with the support of online tools. Read more

22
Jul
Seated from left: Linda Cutts, Linda Galijan and Konin Cardenas, with nuns from Vietnam (standing left) and Thailand (right; ordained in Bangladesh).

SFZC Central Abbess Reports Back from International Conference on Buddhist Women

Notes from Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts

The 14th Annual Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women was held last month in Yogyakarta, Indonesia—a beautiful country rich in Buddhist as well as Hindu and Muslim history. Almost a thousand people, predominantly ordained women from many countries, attended the seven days of meditation and ceremonies, presentations of scholarly papers, workshops, cultural events and living together in harmony. Read more

8
Jul
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Branching Streams of Northern California: Introducing Occidental Laguna Sangha

A Branching Streams sangha profile

Our sangha started meditating together in 1995 in the small town of Occidental, California; hence the word occidental in our name. The word also means western, which is where the Buddha Dharma is now being established. We are located one hour north of San Francisco and not far from the Pacific Ocean. We currently meet together right next to the beautiful Laguna de Santa Rosa in Sebastopol, California, an important ecological reserve and the largest freshwater wetlands complex on the northern California coast. Read more

7
Jul
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Call for Volunteers for Pico Iyer Events, July 24-25

UPDATED: Volunteers are invited to help Zen Center with registration, ushering, and book sales, especially for the Saturday workshop below—in exchange for free admission. Events take place at Grace Cathedral and feature renowned journalist, author and lecturer Pico Iyer, along with Zen Center’s Abbess at Green Gulch Farm, Furyu Schroeder.  Read more

29
Jun
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Message from the Hartman Family on Crowdfunding for Blanche

Dear Sangha and Friends of Blanche:

Recently a crowdfunding site was set up to raise money for Blanche’s care. Since this site was launched, there have been some posts shared through the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, American Zen Teachers Association and other groups, that are both inaccurate and, in several cases, derogatory of San Francisco Zen Center. In particular, there is a statement on the Lion’s Roar website which seems to indicate that Blanche is $100,000 in debt, which is not true. Read more

24
Jun

SFZC Is Looking for an Event Coordinator — Immediate Opening

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 immediate opening at our San Francisco center for a full-time facilitator of our reservations and registration processes for our City Center location (with some Green Gulch oversight). Training will be provided. Read more

24
Jun
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Volunteers Needed to Keep the Zendo Open Monday Mornings through the Summer

As a result of a recent change, Monday mornings at City Center now through Labor Day will reflect the interim schedule (no formal zazen and service, though the zendo will be open during the usual times by volunteers); the Monday afternoon schedule remains as usual (see Daily Schedule). Read more

24
Jun
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Sangha Is Crucial to Our Way

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

“Even though you say, ‘I have Buddha nature,’ that alone is not enough to make it work. If you do not have a friend or sangha, it won’t work.” In this quote, Suzuki Roshi emphasizes that sangha is crucial to our way. Do you agree? Read more

23
Jun
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Thinking of Charleston

With great sadness we hold in our hearts the victims of last week’s violent attack in Charleston and all who are affected by this tragedy. Standing with the Emanuel AME Church as a faith community, we continue to grieve the unnecessary loss of life, particularly within an institution of spiritual refuge and through the wielding of a powerful hatred based on race. Read more

23
Jun
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Pope’s Groundbreaking Message on the Environment Indicates Shift for All Faith Communities

Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption.
—Pope Francis, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

Last week when Pope Francis issued a major call to action on environmental issues, many climate activists celebrated what they felt was a significant breakthrough in the conversation on climate change. Read more