“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.
Upcoming Abbatial Transitions
Abbot Ed Sattizahn announces changes coming up in March 2023 in the Abbatial Leadership at San Francisco Zen Center.
Meet Eli Brown-Stevenson, SFZC’s New Secretary
“I’ve been well trained for the Secretary position. I have been behind the scenes enough that I don’t feel so new as an officer.” There are many ways in which Eli feels supported in his new role.
Meet Sozan Miglioli, SFZC’s New President
Sozan Miglioli became San Francisco Zen Center’s President in January 2021, after serving as Vice President for several years. In this interview he spoke of his vision and priorities for his new role.