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Apr

Featured Photo April 12

On Saturday, March 31, Julian Hickman and Diego Miglioli received priest ordination in a ceremony at Beginner’s Mind Temple. Photos by Elliot Charney.

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29
Mar

April Art Show: John Muir School Student Artists

Reception: Friday, April 13, 7 – 9 pm
City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, SF

For the second year in a row, the young artists of John Muir School (K through 5th grade) will be exhibiting their work at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center location.

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28
Mar

Featured Photo March 29

Tool shed at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Photo by David Silva.

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28
Mar

Become a Member of San Francisco Zen Center

“Vast intentions for universal awakening, social justice leadership, honest work, excellent teachers and program offerings and loving community practice.”  —What motivates Qayyum to be a member since 2006

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14
Mar

Featured Photo March 15

White-crowned sparrow at Green Gulch Farm in February 2018. Photo by Clare Hollander.

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9
Mar

A Message from the Shuso and A Video of Snow at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Heather Iarusso is the shuso (head monk) of the Winter 2018 Practice Period at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Serving as shuso is strenuous. From the moment she rises before 3:50 am to wake everyone up to the intimate shuso teas she hosts and dharma talks she delivers, she must give herself entirely to the role of shuso, serving beside the practice period teacher, Ryushin Paul Haller. It is a rite of passage, six months after which Heather can begin leading practice discussions. Read more

28
Feb

Featured Photo March 1

City Center Spring Equinox altar. Photo by Chris Shelton.

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22
Feb

Featured Photo February 22

Green Dragon Temple outdoor Jizo altar, February 8, 2018. Photo by Shundo David Haye.

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15
Feb

The Still Point by Mary Mocine

The title of my retreat at Tassajara is “Finding Stillness Amid the Storm of Legal Practice.” This notion of stillness is central to a useful law practice, I believe. It is not a static or sort of dead stillness. It is instead alert and willing and ready, yet balanced and grounded. Implicit here is a great freedom that arises from nonattachment. Read more

15
Feb

Like a Fish in a Puddle

Nenju ceremony by Renshin Bunce

by Zenshin Greg Fain, Tanto (head of practice) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

During practice period at Tassajara, on the day before a personal day, we celebrate the ceremony of Nenju, renewing our commitment to practice and anticipating a little extra time to go for a hike, do laundry, what have you. The kokyo or chant leader solemnly intones an invocation for us all, one of which begins:

Carefully listen everyone.

Twenty-five centuries, three years ago, the great Tathagata entered nirvana.

When this day is gone, your life also decreases.

Like a fish in a puddle, what pleasure is there here?

After the events of January 27, I will forever hear those words in a very particular and personal way. Read more