Zendo Closed

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In the shadow of Covid-19, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close the zendo until things settle down. We encourage you to think of this time as an opportunity to sit quietly in your own space. If you are free in the afternoons, Monday to Friday, online zazen at San Francisco Zen Centre happens at 12:50 our time (it will change to 13:50 on Sunday, March 29): https://www.sfzc.org/online-programs/online-zendo

Here is a poem by Lynn Ungar that expresses a way to practise at this challenging time:

Pandemic

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 11/3/20

Saturday Morning Drop-In Study Group

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Saturdays, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

The book we’re reading on Saturday mornings at 11:15 am is Not Always So, the second collection of Shunryu Suzuki’s provocative and intriguing dharma talks. Our group uses the reading as a jumping-off point for our discussion of how we practise the dharma in our everyday lives. As every chapter is a self-contained talk, it’s possible to drop in at any point. The book is not available on Kindle, but we do have some copies available at the centre, and we encourage you to buy your own copy, if possible. If you plan to read the text in advance, we’ll proceed through the chapters as follows:

  • February 8: Resuming Big Mind
  • February 15: Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind
  • The weekend of February 21 to 23, Andre Elsen will be offering a retreat, Ordinary Mind is Zen. You are warmly invited to take part – click here for more info. 
  • February 29: No study group
  • March 7: No study group
  • March 14: Supported From Within
  • March 21: Open Your Intuition
  • March 28: Find Out for Yourself
  • April 4: Be Kind With Yourself
  • April 11: No study group