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Posts tagged ‘Wider Sangha’


Position Open for SFZC Program Coordinator

San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is seeking a program coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the planning and daily operations of SFZC program offerings including workshops, retreats and lectures at all three of our practice centers: City Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Read more


Opening Our Hearts in a Shared World

A Message from the Central Abbess

Earlier this month Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts participated in an interfaith panel on the environment at Santa Clara University. The event preceded a two-day conference on November 3-4, titled “Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis.” Read more


Being Careful with Fire

By recalling an old firewatch tradition, this Japanese art piece imparts an important message for today from our founder.

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Feminist Scholar and Dharma Teacher Rita Gross Passes Away

Called a “feminist foremother in the field of women and religion and Buddhist feminist theologian” (, Lopon Rita M. Gross, PhD, died on November 11, 2015. After a serious stroke last month, she went into hospice care in her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she remained until her death last week. Read more


Kids and Queens of Halloween 2015

Last Friday evening, October 30, we held our annual Sejiki Ceremony at City Center. Immediately afterward, we hosted children, parents and staff from Clara House (a transitional housing facility for families) for a Halloween costume dinner, followed by trick-or-treating within Zen Center residences. Read more

Photo (Thanksgiving Altar): Shundo David Haye

Food Drive at City Center

This year, as in years past, we will be collecting food in the lobby of City Center to be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank. Read more

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Introducing the Sangha Project: Wednesday’s Talk at City Center

Being on a spiritual path together with friends who are encouraging and supporting each other in their practice is called Sangha. The challenge for many—and especially those who don’t live in a residential practice center—is that it’s not easy to find spiritual friendship. Read more


Five Ingredients for Building Sangha

A monthly update on the Sangha Project, from Robert Thomas

Over the past couple of years, a small team led by Do-On Robert Thomas has been working on extending the San Francisco Zen Center sangha more widely out into the world. We call this effort The Sangha Project. Read more


Call for Volunteers to Help Publish Recordings of SFZC Dharma Talks

Consider this direct opportunity to make a difference by delivering one of our most widely distributed offerings: help us post a backlog of podcasts online from Tassajara, Green Gulch and City Center. Read more

Photos by Steph Wenderski Blank

Nurturing Zazen Mind through Apprenticeships

The Guest Program Plus a New Kitchen Program at Green Gulch

Expanding the options for residential training, the staff at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center are pleased to launch a new Kitchen Apprenticeship Program beginning in February 2016. The program will be offered three times a year in tandem with the periods of the continuing Guest Program Apprenticeship, launched last year. Read more