Practice at San Francisco Zen Center starts in the zendo and extends out to the farm, the kitchen, the workplace, the human heart. Colleen Morton Busch reports on one of American Buddhism’s most important communities as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.
A torii gate was built to mark the path leading to the onsite ashes of the late Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center.
The San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with celebratory programs, and shares hopes for the future.
Shunyru Suzuki’s book Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind has been leading people onto the path of meditation for forty years now. Here, Shambhala Sun friend and contributor Steve Silberman shares an intimate glimpse, via beautiful photos, of his personal copy of Suzuki’s book, which continues to teach him after all these years.
Norman Fischer reviews the Fortieth Anniversary editions of two modern classics: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and Meditation in Action.
Being mindful in the kitchen is to experience your experience without judging good or bad, right or wrong, says Edward Espe Brown.
Modern sangha leaders need skills that aren’t necessarily taught in traditional Buddhist training. Lewis Richmond and Grace Schireson report.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, was nicknamed “crooked cucumber” by his strict teacher, So-on.
The point of zazen, says Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, is to live each moment in complete combustion, like a clean-burning kerosene lamp. In this talk at the Tassajara sesshin in the summer of 1969, the great Zen master explains Dogen’s teaching on practicing within imperfection and warns against the arrogance of the false self.
Sojun Mel Weitsman once asked Suzuki Roshi, “What does it mean to be ordained as a Zen priest?” The answer—“I don’t know”—has been his koan ever since.