Meet Dario Girolami, A Zen Teacher Engaged in Interfaith Work
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by Sangha News editor
1w ago
Photo by Tova Green   by Tova Green Dario Girolami, Abbot of Centro Zen L’Arco Roma, has been immersing himself in interfaith study, teaching, and social engagement since his college years in Rome. A former SFZC resident who was ordained by Zenkei Blanche Hartman and received Dharma Transmission from Eijun Linda Cutts, he currently is a leader in the international interfaith group Religions for Peace. He is co-president of Religions for Peace Italy and is on the Board of Directors of Religions for Peace Europe. Religions for Peace, based at the United Nations building in New York City ..read more
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Jukai Ceremony at Green Gulch Farm on March 24
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by Sangha News editor
1w ago
Left to right: Gui Spina, Furyu Nancy Schroeder, Alisa Carrol and Chris Enders.   Congratulations to the initiates who received the precepts from Senior Dharma Teacher Furyu Nancy Schroeder on March 24 at Green Gulch Farm: Gui Spina – Kakuo Shijun / Awakened Sound Pure Heart; Alisa Carrol – Keijo Shojun / Bright Jewel Pure Hearted Truth and Chris Enders – Senko Dashi /Thousand Rivers Great Aspiration ..read more
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Jukai Ceremony at Green Gulch Farm on January 20
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1w ago
Lisa Plantefaber and Furyu Nancy Schroeder.   Congratulations to the initiate who received the precepts from Senior Dharma Teacher Furyu Nancy Schroeder on January 20 at Green Gulch Farm: Lisa Plantefaber – Shorin Shinyu / Sunlit Forest Truth Companion ..read more
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Gate Opening Ceremony
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by Sangha News editor
3w ago
Photo by Brent Haas   Gate Opening Ceremony at Tassajara On April 30, 2024, Tassajara marked the beginning of the summer guest season with a traditional Gate Opening Ceremony. A heartfelt service was officiated by the temple’s Director, Rev. Heather Iarusso, while Rev. Catherine Spaeth, the Head of Guest Services, and Rev. Lorenzo Garbo, SFZC’s Director of Hospitality, ceremoniously unlocked the wooden gate and opened its doors. Guiding Teacher Leslie James was present, along with many students who will practice and support Tassajara this summer. The gate will remain open throughout t ..read more
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Wendy Lewis Departs City Center for Enso Village
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by Sangha News editor
3w ago
Wendy Lewis and David Zimmerman. Photo by Tova Green.   Photos and text by Tova Green Abbot David sharing some opening words. A Departing Ceremony, officiated by Central Abbot David Zimmerman, was held for Wendy Lewis in the City Center zendo on May 3. The ceremony was followed by a celebratory potluck dinner in the Conference Center. Wendy left City Center, where she was a resident for over thirty years, for Enso Village on May 8. Abbot David opened the ceremony and thanked Wendy for her thirty-five years of practice and service at San Francisco Zen Center. Wendy’s first staff role w ..read more
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Abundant Life: A Spring Celebration of Generosity, Zen-a-Thon 2024
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by Sangha News editor
1M ago
Image design by Jeannene Langford. Zen-a-thon is San Francisco Zen Center’s annual peer-to-peer fundraising event. Each spring, supporters of SFZC share the spirit of generosity and the importance of SFZC in their lives with their friends and family and invite them to donate. This year our goal is to raise $125,000. During Zen-a-thon, from May 14th through June 15th, we will celebrate the spirit and practice embodied in the perfection of generosity, or dana paramita. The perfection of generosity involves the recognizing that the three wheels of giving, receiving, and the gift all arise toget ..read more
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Entering the Story: An Interview with Vanessa Sasson
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by Sangha News editor
2M ago
By Tova Green Vanessa Sasson always loved mountains, though she grew up in Montreal. As a little girl, she had a poster of snow-capped mountains on her wall. When she was twenty-two, a recent college graduate on her way to work in Japan, she had a stopover in Nepal and saw the Himalayas for the first time. She didn’t get back on the plane; instead, she left her suitcase full of suits and stockings in Kathmandu and wandered around Nepal for a year. “I fell in love with the mountains. I was so happy there.” Now, in her role as a college professor, she brings students to Nepal every two years. V ..read more
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Thoughts on Disability and Access in Zen Practice
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by Sangha News editor
2M ago
“The body is not an obstacle to enlightenment; the body is itself enlightenment.” –Shunryu Suzuki By Brendan Crowe, Online Content Manager at San Francisco Zen Center In October, the Soto Zen Buddhist Association’s Priests with Disabilities affinity group offered a two-part Disability in Zen Workshop Series. In keeping with several workshops SZBA offers, this series was open to the public, though I attended on the invitation of one of the organizers, Marta Dabis from Jisso-ji Zen Ann Arbor, MI.  I have a specialized interest in the topic, with years of experience working in the disabil ..read more
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Jukai Ceremony at Green Gulch Farm on March 20
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by Sangha News editor
2M ago
K Ray receiving the precepts from Kokyo Henkel. Congratulations to the initiate K Ray who received the bodhisattva precepts from Teacher Kokyo Henkel at Green Dragon Temple on March 20, Spring Equinox. K Ray’s new name is Kangetsu Keirei / Viewing the Moon, Joyful Spirit. As the ancient ceremonial text concludes: “At this time, in the Buddha lands in all directions, auspicious signs appear: the earth trembles and blossoms fall from the sky…” Congratulations to Keirei ..read more
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Green Gulch Farm Retreats 2024
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by Sangha News editor
2M ago
Photo by Travis Stansel. San Francisco Zen Center is pleased to present an inspiring array of retreats at Green Gulch Farm, meant to integrate Zen-inspired practices into our daily lives. These retreats are geared towards guests who value the opportunity to practice in our beautiful coastal valley in Marin County, under the guidance of well-established teachers. Retreats range from simple hikes that energize our senses to the cultivation of presence through writing practices; from honoring the wisdom of those who came before us to body-mind practices meant to encourage harmony within. Below ..read more
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