July 12, 2021
Zen-a-thon Bike & Hike
Group picnicking on lawn

Bike ride in Marin, lunchtime – image by Myles Cowherd

While Covid-19 restrictions prevented San Francisco Zen Center from holding the usual Zen-a-thon Day of Celebration this past spring, sangha members were able to participate in three outdoor activities on Sunday, June 27, with a lunch provided by Greens Restaurant.

A stunning ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, from San Francisco to Tiburon, was led by SFZC priests and avid cyclists Myles Cowherd and Zachary Smith.

SFZC priest Shundo David Haye led an urban hike through San Francisco’s half-block alleys, staircases, slow streets, and some steep unpaved trails.

Melina Bloomfield, a Green Gulch Farm resident, led a hike in Marin, up and over Coyote Ridge, where sangha members enjoyed stellar views of the SF Bay and coastline.

It was a beautiful day in all locations and a wonderful opportunity to be together.

More images from the bike ride by Myles Cowherd and Evelyn Lu:

People with bicycles

View of Marin

Images from the hike in Marin:

Group of hikers

View of Marin hills

Hikers on path

Images from San Francisco hike by Shundo Haye:

Group on Corona Heights

Group at maze

Group hiking in SF

Bonus image of Myles Cowherd and Zach Smith who led the bike ride to Marin:

Myles and Zach

Joshua Sandeman
Arts & Culture, Features, Zen Practice

Medicine and the Dharma

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."