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June 1, 2020

Statement from San Francisco Zen Center’s Spiritual Leadership

 

The spiritual leadership of San Francisco Zen Center stands with the families and communities of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black lives lost to the systemic racist violence endemic to American society.

The painful and pervasive reality of racism will not allow us to turn away. We take a stand against all expressions of racism, beginning with the racial, cultural, and class disparities in our state and country that are being highlighted during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bodhisattva vows we hold in our hearts tell us to save all sentient beings from suffering. To this end, we encourage each member and friend of the wider San Francisco Zen Center community to cultivate the Bodhisattva spirit in inquiring deeply, “What am I going to do from here on to be actively anti-racist?” We urge our community not to be silent.

In the coming days, we will be sharing more about how to practice with this deeply complex and important question, as well as what SFZC is doing as a sangha and an organization.

May we all have the courage, strength, and support to examine our own hearts and minds. May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

UPDATE 06/04/2020:
City Center Abbot David Zimmerman is available for a direct conversation to better acknowledge, understand, and learn from your experiences. He can be reached at ccabbot@sfzc.org. Thank you again for collectively helping SFZC to continue to grow and awaken together as a sangha.
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