Clara House, located just down Page Street from City Center, is a family shelter with which San Francisco Zen Center has been involved for many years. It has been our tradition for City Center to host a holiday party for the families where each child is given a gift that was selected, bought, and wrapped for him or her by a sangha member. Due to the shelter-in-place restrictions, we are unable to invite the children and their parents into the temple but we plan to still have a role in their holiday celebrations.
We are inviting 20 participants (individuals or groups), to purchase a $50 gift certificate for one of the families. The request, per discussion with the Clara House director, is that the certificates are from either Target or Visa, as these will give the parent a range of choices. Because the gift cards will be used to purchase holiday gifts for the children, we would like to have them ready to be delivered by November 30 at the latest.
If you would like to make a donation of a gift card, please contact Outreach Coordinator Jeffrey Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please DO NOT send a certificate until you have contacted him to confirm that there is still a need and that the total has not yet been reached.
Thank you for helping Outreach and City Center to make the holidays at Clara House merry and bright! Read more
Election Day Half-Day Sitting
With Jisan Tova Green
The Online Zendo will be open from 1:30 to 5:30pm PT on Tuesday, November 3rd for those who would like a quiet place to sit with others. Everyone is welcome to participate for part or all of the time.
There will be 25 minutes of meditation alternating with 5 minutes of walking meditation or movement. Brief zazen instruction will be offered at 1:30 and encouraging words will be offered hourly during the afternoon.
To join the sitting go to the Online Zendo
For more information, contact Jisan Tova Green: email@example.com
Sojun Mel Weitsman was invited to start the Berkeley Zendo in 1967 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He’s served as the head teacher and Abbot since that time, bringing forth and nurturing the active and flourishing urban center and community that is Berkeley Zen Center. He is now passing on his responsibilities as Abbot to his disciple, Hozan Alan Senauke. Read more
UPDATE: The description for the Vice President position has been updated and the application period extended to September 20. The Secretary position is in the process of being filled and is not accepting new applications.
San Francisco Zen Center is beginning the search for our next Vice President and Secretary. These vital roles will help shape the future of SFZC during this difficult time. Both positions will start sometime this Fall.
The search will be run by the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. We invite applications from all interested and qualified candidates. Full job descriptions, listing both duties and qualifications, are available online here (for VP) and here (for Secretary).
If you would like to apply, please email a letter of interest and current resume directly to Dan Zigmond, our Governance Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 30, 2020. All applications will be received in confidence. The Governance Committee will request further information from qualified candidates after that deadline and conduct formal interviews of finalists in September.
The Saturday Sangha has been an important and vital part of City Center’s practice life for the past twenty years. Before the Covid-19 pandemic closed the temple to visitors, each week non-residential practitioners came together on Saturday mornings to provide a variety of services: greeting newcomers, helping in the kitchen, and supporting in the zendo for zazen and the Buddha hall for lecture by sounding the liturgical instruments that signal the times and chants. They met during lunch, ate together, and engaged in study and discussion led by a senior priest.
The original inspiration for the group came from Teah Strozer who was Tanto (head of practice) of City Center at the time. When asked about her reasons for starting it, she said “I wanted to find a teaching venue for myself as head of practice and to support lay practice (non-residential in this case) more consciously and specifically.” Read more
The SFZC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Sozan Diego Miglioli as the next President of SFZC, beginning in 2021.
From Helen Degenhardt, SFZC Board Chair: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Diego for the last year and a half. I admire his ability to think strategically, present ideas and concepts clearly, and listen to feedback.
“In one of our early conversations Diego made a comment that, in my view, wonderfully describes how he sees his work at Zen Center. When asked how he sees his role as Vice President, he replied: ‘I’m a Zen Student who happens to be a Vice President.’ I’m looking forward to our collaboration and am grateful he accepted the position.”
Diego will be taking over for Shinchi Linda Galijan who will be stepping down in January, 2021.
Lives Matter banner. The original banner that we had displayed had been removed without the community’s support.
There has been an array of solar panels on the roof of Beginner’s Mind Temple at 300 Page Street since 2005. These panels produce 40-50% of the electricity used in the building, based on the available square footage for the array.
Late last year, with the availability of rebates from the City of San Francisco, and with the help of Interfaith Power and Light, a nation-wide environmental non-profit that works with religious institutions, San Francisco Zen Center hired Luminalt, a local firm, to install panels on the four other buildings that Zen Center owns on Page Street. (Abbess emerita Linda Ruth Cutts is a former board member of IPL.) Read more
This week San Francisco Zen Center’s leadership made the difficult but necessary decision to close Tassajara for the remainder of the Guest Season and to cancel the Fall Work Period. While this is disappointing news, the health and safety of our guests and community is too important to risk.
The closing of Guest Season offers us a unique opportunity to address important and much needed fire prevention measures. Tassajara’s Fire Marshal Rob Thomas has friends in the wildland fire community who are interested in making Tassajara a safer place for residents, guests, and future emergency responders. We’re planning for a group of 5 to 10 people who can take crucial steps towards preparing the area for the high-alert fire seasons that are unfortunately expected this year and in the future.
The crew will work on a number of fire safety projects and begin clearing the surrounding underbrush to reduce flammable material.
Tassajara is grateful for your love and support as we navigate this extraordinary time. We look forward to when we can open the gates and share this beautiful valley with you once again. Read more