May 29, 2012
Benjis: Your Poems, Please!

Dear Fellow Benjis of Yore,

Still have your scribbled poetry stuck in a drawer somewhere? Why not let it live a little beyond that one shuso ceremony?

Help us gather a collection for the SFZC archive and for possible inclusion in the upcoming Zen Center 50 Wind Bell issue (space permitting).

Please include as much of the following as you can:

  • Poem
  • Practice Period Season/Date
  • Practice Center
  • Name of Benji/Shuso/Practice Period Leader

And send, at your earliest convenience, to: alumnieditor@sfzc.org

Thank you!

Joshua Sandeman
Arts & Culture, Features, Zen Practice

Medicine and the Dharma

Joshua Sandeman, a former SFZC resident, is a Nurse Practitioner based in Salem, Oregon. “Medicine puts me face-to-face with all manner of human suffering and it can be a challenge to take care of feelings of burnout, detachment, and despair."