Come meet Jane Hirshfield, poet, essayist, translator, and Zen Center alum and teacher, as she launches her limited edition chapbook of new works. The book, called minus / myness and published by Missing Links Press, is a limited edition chapbook of new works that share titles beginning with “My.” The edition of 150 is letterpress printed in four colors, and hand-sewn and bound in San Francisco, California. 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
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
There’s a collective urgency now, which I hope is enough to inspire sitting and action.
The above quote captures the tone from a presentation on October 3 by City Center resident Milo Burn after his return from the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21. Milo traveled there on “the Climate Train,” which made the cross-country trip an event in itself, as 170 activists spent travel time together in workshops and inspiring each other, all while on board Amtrak. 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
Published by Lehigh University Press, with Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
Review by Catherine Gammon
Once upon a time, not so long ago, a young Zen student practicing at Tassajara read Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick on the suggestion of a friend at the monastery. Maybe Daniel Herman would have gone on from there to study literature and complete his PhD, even to write his dissertation on the very novel and the very subject, without the happy circumstance of having met Melville’s whale for the first time in the mountains of the Ventana Wilderness, in the deep heart-opening canyon that is Tassajara. Maybe that dissertation would even have become a book. And maybe not. Certainly not this book. 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
The name comes from the Zen Buddhist term “beginner’s mind,” which describes an openness, eagerness and lack of preconception in living one’s life. —from beginnersmindzencenter.org
A Branching Streams sangha profile by Cody Farley (Northridge, CA)
(A series of articles introducing sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network) Read more