This year the abbatial leaders focused on the power of fire in their year-end message, encouraging us to be careful with fire in order to promote its benefits and mitigate harmful effects. On New Year’s Eve, our tradition at both City Center and Green Gulch includes a bonfire, which is tended carefully after midnight.
The fall 2015 practice period at Tassajara saw Djinn Gallagher running the wake-up bell at 3:45 every morning as shuso (head monk). The Shuso Ceremony (also called Hossenshiki, which translates as “dharma combat”) on December 18 was the culmination of her three months of monastic training, and launches her into the next stage of her practice as a teacher.
Enjoy these gentle Zen moments from our daily life at SFZC, from zazen to beekeeping to organic farming, accompanied by such delightful soundtracks as Rev. Tova Green performing Bach on her cello, students chanting as they prepare to eat a formal oryoki meal, and Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. (Each snippet ends with a brief credits sequence, so stay tuned.)
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Please consider making a year-end donation to support our community practice.
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Practice takes many forms. We may meditate at home before a full day of work, we may practice while taking care of our children or aging parents, we may volunteer to help our communities, we may be a resident at a local temple, we may listen to dharma talks during our commute. In the myriad ways intention can be expressed, together we support each other. Read more
Shuso ceremonies closed the fall practice periods at both City Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center recently, launching the head students (shusos) for each practice period into a new chapter of Zen practice as budding teachers. Congratulations and best wishes to both. Read more
The SFZC Board of Directors wishes to thank the members of Zen Center for their participation in approving the slate of board candidates. Helen Degenhardt, Roger Hillyard, Dennis McNally and Piper Murakami will serve three-year terms beginning in January 2016 and completing at the end of December 2018. Congratulations to new and continuing board members for the 2016-2018 term. Read more
Zen Center will be taking part in the San Francisco Interfaith Council’s Winter Shelter program again this year. We will be providing meals for homeless men at local churches on the following Sundays: Read more
Practice takes many forms. We may meditate at home before a full day of work, we may practice while taking care of our children or aging parents, we may volunteer to help our communities, we may be a resident at a local temple, we may listen to dharma talks during our commute. In the myriad ways intention can be expressed, together we support each other.
We interviewed four sangha members to learn about their experiences with practice in daily life. Below are some reflections from two of these members. Read more