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.
Having received the precepts on November 17, 2019, at Green Gulch Farm from preceptor Tenshin Reb Anderson were Dennis Sarni – Se Shu Kai Kon — Life-Birth Protector / Precept Jewel; Gail Kurtz – Ko Shin Kai Shi — Luminous/Radiant Heart-Mind / Precept Poetry; Tony Head – Ya Sen Kai San — Wild Rivers / Precept Mountains; Jeremy Lane – Jitsu Fu Kai Rai — Reality Breeze / Precept Thunder; Rose Rodriquez – Ji U Kai Sho — Compassion Rain / Precept Dawn; Edward Suprenant – Shin Ryu Ho Kai — True Dragon / Liberation Precept; and Laura Cleveland – Nin Getsu Kai Gaku — Patient Moon / Precept Music/Comfort. Congratulations to all!
In the summer of 2019, the photographer and artist Tasja Keetman visited the three San Francisco Zen Center locations. Her playful and creative interpretations, such as this one taken in the abbot’s garden at Tassajara, are delightful and evocative versions of these familiar locations and images.
Sejiki is a traditional Japanese Zen Buddhist ceremony for the spirits of departed ones. This powerful ceremony summons forth all restless spirits and pacifies agitation and violence within and without. At City Center, residents, guests, and families from Clare House in San Francisco dress in costumes both simple and elaborate. These are photos from past celebrations by unknown photographers.