City Center Abiding Abbot Ed Sattizahn took in an early morning courtyard view between activities in the one-day sitting on October 4. This first sitting of the fall signaled that the abbot’s first practice period at Zen Center was well under way. In addition to offering a perfect stage for dramatic seasonal displays of sunlight, the peaceful courtyard is where some students may perform morning temple cleaning work, and is also a setting for enjoying short breaks during daylong sittings.
Lauren and Zenko's daughter Mirabelle was born on June 26, 2020. They juggle the practice and work schedule with their daughter’s needs.
Engetsu is a Brazilian Zen student and artist who lived at SFZC for many years. In 2020, she returned to Brazil to visit family and friends.
Dan appreciates his co-workers, “Having those deep, established relationships helps us work better. Trust in one another has been established and contributes to a nourishing work culture."
As the Director of Emergency Planning, Kogen will oversee preparation for emergencies at SFZC’s three temples, including fires, earthquakes, and medical emergencies.
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."
Zenju started writing as an eight-year-old. In her twenties Zenju was writing short stories and she submitted one to a journal edited by Pearl Cleage. It was published and that was the first time she earned money as a writer.
The Zen Buddhist Sewing Teachers and Everyday Zen launched a six-month online practice period in June 2021, called Sewing with Heart.