When I was a guest cook at Tassajara in 2007 we would ask for student volunteers at work circle to help us “serve up” the guest dinner. Sometimes it was hard to get help because this would be an extra hour of work at the end of the day, and students were tired. On one occasion I asked for help… and there was no response. “Please…we really need your help,” I pleaded. Blanche, who was there for the week to help students with robe sewing, leaned forward. “I’ll help,” she said, her eyebrows pressed and her voice taking a tone that conveyed, “Hey, don’t worry… of course I’ll help.” When it came time to serve up the guest meal, we had more help than we needed. Blanche’s example had given energy to a handful of student volunteers.
Dogen's life and teachings, bridging historical context and contemporary practice, inspire us to contemplate our own spiritual paths.
Janis Cooke Newman is organizing a series of readings by Buddhist Writers designed to bring together the wider SFZC sangha and the local literary community!
As each person is supported by other participants who are turning their attention to their own soji tasks, their attention is amplified.
By Tova Green In my role as Branching Streams Director, I recently had the great pleasure of visiting Zen Centers in Berlin and the Black Forest in Germany, and in and around Lucerne, Switzerland. The initial impetus for my journey was an invitation from...
City Center and Green Gulch Farm held ceremonies in November and December to honor the first group of elders to move to Enso Village.