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Branching Streams Flow On

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Photo by Florian Brody

by Tova Green

A line in the Sandokai (Harmony of Difference and Equality) of Sekito Kisen (700 – 790), one of Suzuki Roshi’s favorite poems, reads”the branching streams flow on in the dark.” Branching Streams has become the name for the network of Zen Centers and Sanghas in the United States and 9 in other countries in the Suzuki Roshi lineage.

These groups, which vary greatly in size, age, and location, are led by teachers who trained at San Francisco Zen Center and departed to found or to join fledgling Zen groups. The earliest are Bay Area groups: Berkeley Zen Center, founded by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1967 in the attic of an old house, and Haiku Zendo Meditation Center, started by Suzuki Roshi in 1966 in a private home in Los Altos, which later became Kannon Do in Mountain View, led by Les Kaye. Read more


Dario Girolami Organizes Buddhist Chaplains in Europe

Dario Girolamiby Tova Green

One of the activities that has engaged Dario Girolami, Abbot of Centro Zen l’Arco in Rome, during this year of the pandemic has been developing an organization for Buddhist chaplains in Europe. Dario received Dharma Transmission from Eijun Linda Cutts and practiced at Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center during his training.

The first event, sponsored by the European Buddhist Union, was a daylong online meeting on Sunday, April 25. This event brought together Buddhist chaplains from at least ten European countries. The chaplains serve in hospices, hospitals, prisons, and armies, all places of great trauma. They came together to talk about their experiences, create a network, share materials, and support one another in their roles. Read more


Virginia Arnone Art and Antique Estate Sale

Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, 1 – 4  pm
356 Pierce Street, Apartment #3, San Francisco, CA

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Sitting Down and Waking Up Together

Engaged Buddhism and Ensuring Democracy in the 2020 Elections

Sunday, October 20, 1 – 4 pm

with Chris Fortin, Sue Moon, Hozan Alan Senauke

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Zen and Poems – an evening on Mitsuo Aida’s poetry

with Koki Takei
Thursday, September 12, 7:30 – 9 pm
In the City Center Dining Room, 300 Page Street, SF 94102

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A Walk in Honor of the Living Earth on June 23

Sunday, June 23, 1 – 5 pm
Led by Wendy Johnson and Chris Fortin

Please gather with us at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center as we set out together on a three-mile meditative walk in honor of the living Earth.

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Konjin Gaelyn Godwin New Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center

On October 1, Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi was appointed the new Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center. She is both the first woman and the first Westerner to hold the position.

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Richard Urban Ceramics Sale at City Center

City Center, 300 Page Street, SF
November 24 – December 1

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SFZC Supports SZBA Statement Condemning Separation of Immigrant Children from Their Parents

San Francisco Zen Center joins with others throughout the country to deplore the cruel practice of separating families seeking asylum at our borders.

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Walk and Bike to Worship Week 2018

Saturday, May 26 – Sunday, June 3

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