Jane Hirshfield Brings Her Poetry to the Dharma Lamp Circle
The Dharma Lamp Circle, a group of SFZC legacy givers, enjoyed an evening of poetry and connection featuring a reading by Jane Hirshfield, and a ceremonial lighting of lotus lamps led by Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts.
The delightful event took place on April 27 at the home of Zen Center supporter and donor Glady Thacher. As a souvenir, each member of the circle was given a “broadside” − a fine-art printing designed by Layla Smith Bockhorst − of Jane Hirshfield’s poem “Tree”.
by Jane Hirshfield
It is foolish
to let a young redwood
grow next to a house.
Even in this
you will have to choose.
That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books—
Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.
Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.
From Given Sugar, Given Salt (1992)
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Photos by Myles Cowherd.