May 9, 2011
Food for Homeless People Programs at City Center

For several years, Zen Center has had a weekly lunch program for homeless people. Volunteers meet in the City Center kitchen and prepare and deliver food to those in need. This program was recently suspended because our very generous volunteers have needed to go on to other things. We would very much like to put together another cohort of regular volunteers. The time is Thursday afternoon from about 1:30 to 4. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Jeffrey Schneider, at or 415-354-0379.

If you are interested in being part of the more extensive monthly bag lunch preparation (usually on the last Sunday of the month), please send your email address to Jeffrey. He will add it to an email list and contact you before the event.

Note on image: Visit Ninsho Kakinuma’s web site. For information on Jizo Bodhisattva, click here. “Jizo works to ease the suffering and shorten the sentence of those serving time in hell, to deliver the faithful into Amida’s western paradise (where inhabitants are no longer trapped in the six states of desire and karmic rebirth), and to answer the prayers of the living for health, success, children, and all manner of petitions. Jizo is the only Bodhisattva portrayed as a monk—shaven head, no adornments, no royal attire, nearly always dressed in the simple robe (kesa) of a monk.”