“The pandemic was a challenging time. It asked new and experienced students alike to deepen their practice. There was both suffering and joy in that.”
Meet Angela Ni, San Francisco Zen Center’s New Board Chair
“The Board was committed to diversifying, and was looking for a Millennial female with business or strategy experience. I fit the bill.”
Furyu Schroeder on Stepping Down as Green Gulch Farm Abiding Abbess
“I’m optimistic about the new generation of students. Sincere people of all ages continue arriving to give us a try.”
Meet San Francisco Zen Center’s Outgoing Board Chair Helen Degenhardt
“Working closely with SFZC for all these years was my practice … People were so thoughtful in their interactions and had a presence that I valued.”
“Zen Practice Is Learning to Support Others” – Meet Jiryu Rutschman-Byler, the Incoming Green Gulch Farm Abiding Abbot
“It calls on my utmost sincerity and vulnerability in order to do something together. That’s the only way for Zen practice to be meaningful.”
Meet Mako Voelkel, the Next City Center Abiding Abbot
Mako hopes to work with the community of practitioners to reinvigorate urban practice, with respect and kindness towards every person.
A Message from SFZC Leadership in Response to Gun Violence and Police Brutality
We confirm our commitment to establishing and supporting a community free from hate and the threat of violence.
Sewing Robes for SFZC’s New Abbatial Leaders: An interview with Tim Wicks and Paula Pietranera
Tim sees this as “a tactile expression of the dropping away of the self. It’s community based … Sewing the abbots’ robes is deeply moving.”
Dharma Lamp Circle Celebration at Greens
The room was filled with joy, love, and laughter which felt even more special after two years of pandemic social distancing.