On Wednesday, April 21, in a ceremony at Green Dragon Temple/Green Gulch Farm, three initiates received the precepts and Dharma names from Tenshin Reb Anderson. Drew Schaffer was given the name Hi Ryu Zen Ho/Compassion Dragon, Complete Liberation; Sam Ridge was given the name Ho Ko Myo Chi/Dharma Light, Wondrous Wisdom; and Julian Minuzzo was given the name San Rai Shin Ki/Mountain Thunder, True Refuge. This is the second jukai initiation ceremony since the Covid-19 restrictions were put into place. The earlier ceremony was held outdoors and required social distancing and wearing masks; this one was also outdoors, but distancing and masks were not necessary.
Congratulations to the initiates! Read more
Each Friday at 9:30am, former Green Gulch Farm apprentice Vanessa Caldarelli and her team of three (Jess Nelson, Kate Sylvan, and Leia Layus) set up a stand at the Mill Valley Farmers Market. They are there on a volunteer basis so that GGF produce remains available to the public.
GGF farmers would normally run the stand, but due to Covid-19 and the need to limit exposure within the community, Vanessa and her team have volunteered to help run things this year. Read more
Lives Matter banner. The original banner that we had displayed had been removed without the communityâ€™s support.
By Steph Blank
Pandemic Response Part I
Sheltering in Practice (with Children)
During the first few days of Shelter in Place Practice at Green Gulch, our children had the idea to build a raft. It was a comforting activity. We harvested a piece of bamboo from the farm and cut it into equal lengths. We wrapped and tied each of the pieces together with rainbow-colored nylon string. With a little putty from the shop we secured an upright mast in the middle with a bamboo leaf for the sail. “Where can we sail it?” they wondered.
Green Gulch Farm held a memorial service on 5/31 for the innumerable lives lost to police violence and hung a Black Lives Matter banner on their sign on Highway 1. Yesterday, residents marched to the top of the driveway to sit in solidarity as strict shelter in place protocols have prevented the community to join the protests. To view the memorial service, held in the empty GGF zendo due to physical distancing, go here: https://www.sfzc.org/teachings/dharma-talks/george-floyd-blm-service
Apprentice positions are still open in the farm and garden + land stewardship programs at Green Gulch Farm for the 2020 season (April 8 – October 12)! This program is a unique and wonderful opportunity to study the Buddha Way and practice intimately with the land, nourishing self and other.
Congratulations to Tim O’Connor Fraser, Gyoku To I Toku / Jade Lantern Solemn Virtue, the Fall 2019 City Center shuso. The shuso ceremony, after which these photos were taken, took place on Saturday, December 7. Lorenzo Garbo was Tim’s benji/assistant during the practice period. Photos by Eli Brown-Stevenson.
Congratulations also to Green Gulch Farm Fall 2019 shuso, Tedd Brown, Seiyu Myoho / Quiet Courage, Wondrous Liberation. Below is a photo taken after the shuso ceremony on Monday, December 9. Photo by Thiemo Blank.