Receiving the precepts from Kyoshin Wendy Lewis was Mark Rivera and from Anshi Rosalie Curtis was Parul Bajaj.
“I had put myself in a box based on ideas my self-limiting mind makes—and for a moment I was exactly who I was. I felt a sense of liberation.”
“The pandemic was a challenging time. It asked new and experienced students alike to deepen their practice. There was both suffering and joy in that.”
Shin San Shiki means ascending (shin), the mountain (san), ceremony (shiki). The mountain is the temple that a teacher would consider their “seat.”
“The Board was committed to diversifying, and was looking for a Millennial female with business or strategy experience. I fit the bill.”
“I’m optimistic about the new generation of students. Sincere people of all ages continue arriving to give us a try.”
Shuso Dan Gudgel completed the Winter 2023 Practice Period at City Center.
What David enjoyed most about being Abiding Abbot of SFZC’s urban temple was taking care of the day-to-day Zen ceremonial practice and teaching.
“Working closely with SFZC for all these years was my practice … People were so thoughtful in their interactions and had a presence that I valued.”