Author Archives: TetsuGen KeiDo

30 August – Guest Speaker: Tokuden Shinki, Mark Lancaster 10:15am

Untitled-1Tokuden Shinki Mark Lancaster has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1988. Mark was Shuso in 1997, ordained by Michael Wenger in 2002 and received Dharma Transmission from Michael Wenger in 2006. He began working for SFZC in 1999 and managed the Tassajara Reservations office. From 2002 Mark worked through a series of City Center temple jobs ending as Ino in 2006. Since Fall 2007 Mark has held administrative roles and is currently the Director of People Development. From 1978 until 1998, Mark worked in the maritime industry in marketing and pricing, leaving to work for SFZC in 1999.

Academic and Training Background: Attended Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden from 1968-1972. Received a degree of Filosofi Kandidats Examenen F.K. with a dual major in Sociology and Literature. The F.K. degree is an equivalent of a B.A.-M.A. Mark also attended Humboldt State and took slightly more than 30 units in journalism, but did not complete a second B.A. in journalism. He retains some fluency in spoken Swedish, and can read both Swedish and Norwegian.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), morning service, a brief drop-in meditation instruction at 8:30 am. And again zazen at 9:25 am. We wrap up with a dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by tea and cookies.

Share

1 September — HSZC closed — Labor Day

thPlease have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Holiday, honoring the American labor movement. This day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

We will see you back for morning zazen and regular schedule Tuesday, September 2nd!

Share

we need your help!

Untitled

 

 

Share

25 august: no morning zazen

No morning Zazen or morning Chanting next Monday, but we will still have evening Zazen on August 25th at 6pm, just again, no morning schedule.

thPlease also be aware that HSZC will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on September 1st! All day.

Share

Today’s Newsletter (Aug 19)

click here

photo 2

Share

16 August, Guest Speaker Hobu, Beata Chapman & Sangha Council

Beata Chapman is a Zen priest and long-time student of the late Darlene Cohen, studied with the late Katherine Thanas at Santa Cruz Zen Center and at Russian River Zendo for 23 years, and was ordained in 2009. She recently received dharma transmission from Tony Patchell at Russian River Zendo in Guerneville, CA. 0Beata teaches meditation groups for people with chronic physical and emotional pain, and she leads Peninsula Zen, a meditation group in downtown San Mateo.

She also works with older adults and persons with disabilities and their families, guiding and helping them access resources.  And for the Hartford Street Zen Center Beata has been a vital guide and supporter as the facilitator of HSZC’s Sangha Council.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), morning service, a brief drop-in meditation instruction at 8:30 am. And again zazen at 9:25 am. We wrap up with a dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by tea and cookies.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

This Saturday will also be the Sangha Council for HSZC at 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 16 August for 120 minutes (with a break included).

We’re  continuing this format that is flexible enough for a diversity of needs.  This session will be facilitated by Beata Chapman. She is knowledgeable about many aspects of zen communities.    The scaffold we’ll be working from is based on the Council process developed by the Ojai Foundation.

 

You do not need to have an ‘issue’ or overt concern to attend.  Council is sangha building, connection and healing.  All are welcome!

Share

Sat, Aug 9th – Full Moon Ceremony!

We’ll have the monthly Full-Moon Ceremony renewal of our Bodhisattva vows this Saturday morning after the Saturday Morning Dharma talk.

The ceremony takes about a half-hour and involves some thirty full prostrations, but simple standing bows are also all right if prostrations are too strenuous. All are welcome to join in this ceremony/celebration. This month according to the Farmer’s Almanac is the Full Red, Green Corn, Sturgeon or Grain Moon. Th ceremony will begin around 11am roughly after the Dharma talk.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), morning service, a brief drop-in meditation instruction at 8:30am. And again zazen at 9:25 am. We wrap up with a dharma talk at 10:15am followed by ceremony when applicable and then right to social time, tea and cookies.

Share

Current HSZC Sangha News

click here

14479790278_60ba3fa1b3_z

Share

Study Hour, Thursdays @7:30pm

We bid farewell (for now) to the Book of Serenity at case 100 last night at just under three years of study hour’s study. We will take a break next week, Aug 7th and reconvene on Aug 14th with the Vimalakīrti Sūtra, also called Vimalakīrtinirdeśa Sūtra,  a Mahāyāna Buddhist sūtra. It dates from no later than the 3rd century ce, based on its earliest Chinese translations, and most likely from the 1st or 2nd centuries ce.

index2 copy

We will use the Robert Thurman as the basic text but reading the other translations and comparing differences is also acceptable.  We also just found out about a fourth by our same Book of Serenity Translator, Thomas Cleary you can look into by clicking here appears to only be in e-book version.

UntitledcPlease read the introduction and first chapter to prepare for our first study hour on this text August 14th.

Share

our recent newsletter

14666391355_7341ee72ee_zclick here

Share