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Posts tagged ‘Alumni’

30
Sep

Memoir from the Early Days

From SFZC member Dot Kostriken

Dr. Dorothy Kostriken, a longtime member of San Francisco Zen Center, shares some memories about some of the earliest days at Tassajara in 1967, practicing with Suzuki Roshi, and how these days, at age 81, she is relating to Zen practice and to SFZC. The first practice period at Tassajara was held in 1967, and tangaryo would take place more often than it does now, for anyone interested in joining the students for any extended time. Tangaryo, a kind of traditional sitting initiation at a monastery, would last from one to three days at Tassajara during that time.
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30
Sep

Tova Green Completes Dharma Transmission

Congratulations to Jisan Tova Green, who just completed a three-week intensive period of practices and ceremonies this past weekend related to dharma transmission. Read more

30
Sep

October Photography Exhibit by Judith Keenan Shows “Some of What I’ve Seen”

Judith Keenan has been taking photographs at Zen Center’s locations and beyond for several years, and her skill and eye for composition are widely admired. Don’t miss her show all next month, as well as the artist’s reception on October 9.  See details. Read more

9
Sep

New Website Compiles Teaching and Poetry of Daigan Lueck

A new website has been created to commemorate Daigan Lueck, who lived and taught at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center for many years until his death this past spring. Read more

2
Sep

Supported by Community, Grounded in Practice

Joanna Bull, an SFZC member for five decades, tells her story from the East Coast

In 1968 a young woman, Joanna Bull, was spending a few months in Woodstock, NY. A guest of Bob Dylan’s manager, she hung out with Bob and the Band, listened to great music and looked for a clear path amid the big party. While living on the compound (built in 1812), Joanna saw a ghost. Intrigued, she made a trip to the bookstore, where she discovered Alan Watts’ The Spirit of Zen. Read more

12
Aug

Shosan Victoria Austin on Meditation Postures Designed for the Female Body

The main point of meditation is the same for all humans: to rest in the ultimate, and to experience the connection between ultimate and conditioned existence, in the present moment. To do this, we sit in an upright, aligned way, one with the universe by nature of being composed of its elements, naturally receiving it in and offering it out through the process of normal breathing. Read more

12
Aug

Branching Streams Visiting Teacher Reports Back from Brooklyn Zen Center

In this post from the Branching Streams website, City Center teacher Kanzan David Zimmerman reflects on his three-month fellowship stay at Brooklyn Zen Center in New York, which just came to a close. The Visiting Teacher Fellowship Program, launched this spring with David as the first fellow, is an exciting new way SFZC can support its affiliate sanghas. Read more

5
Aug

Position Opening for Zen Center’s Corporate Secretary

The Board of Directors of San Francisco Zen Center invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of secretary of Zen Center. Read more

21
Jul

Bequest for SFZC Honors Memory of Sobun Katherine Thanas

Recently San Francisco Zen Center received a significant bequest from a couple in Monterey, California, who were inspired to remember Zen Center in their will primarily because of their relationship with Katherine Thanas. Read more

8
Jul

Branching Streams of Northern California: Introducing Occidental Laguna Sangha

A Branching Streams sangha profile

Our sangha started meditating together in 1995 in the small town of Occidental, California; hence the word occidental in our name. The word also means western, which is where the Buddha Dharma is now being established. We are located one hour north of San Francisco and not far from the Pacific Ocean. We currently meet together right next to the beautiful Laguna de Santa Rosa in Sebastopol, California, an important ecological reserve and the largest freshwater wetlands complex on the northern California coast. Read more