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Saturday 31, January – Full Moon Ceremony & Dharma talk by Daiko Tanzen, David Bullock

Join us this Saturday for a couple of events! A talk at 10:15am offered by  Rev. Daiko Tanzen, David Bullock; Tokuriki_Tomikichiro-30_Subjects_of_Kyoto-22-Chion-in_Temple_in_Full_Moon-011734-05-19-2012-11734-x800our current connection to the early days of Hartford Street’s Zen Center founding, the garden’s long term friend, current Board President and many other capacities past and present of HSZC (as well as the past Maitri); and he was ordained by the temple’s founder – Rev. Issan Dorsey.

Then, the Full Moon Ceremony is at around 11:00am — 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 it’s the full  snow, or hunger Moon.

The ceremony will begin around 11am roughly after the Dharma Talk. Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), 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 a ceremony if applicable, then tea and cookies with socializing. Please know you are welcome and invited!

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Sat. January 24 – Dogen Zenji’s birthday

DogenZenjiDogen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen School as well as of Daihonzan Eiheiji, was born on January 26, 1200 CE. This was during the Kamakura Period of Japanese history, the year following the death of Minamoto Yoritomo. It is said that his father was Koga Michichika, a government minister, and that his mother was Ishi, the daughter of Fujiwara Motofusa. Presumably, young Dogen Zenji lived in comfort. However, at the age of thirteen, he climbed Mt. Hiei, and the next year he shaved his head and became a monk. It is said that he became a monk because he felt the impermanence of the world on his mother’s death when he was eight years old. (more here)

As the founder of our school of Zen Buddhism, we would like to offer a bit of a celebration after the Dharma talk of his life and contributions to Zen & Buddhism in Japan and study and practice in China. Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation) at 6:30am, 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 ceremony if applicable) and then socializing,  tea and cookies.

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HSZC closed tomorrow

Just a reminder that the Hartford Street Zen Center is always closed on national holidays. Thus, we will be closed all day Monday, 19 January, in observance of the memorial day for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The normal schedule resumes with 6 a.m. zazen (seated meditation) Tuesday, 20 January.

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Jan 17, Saturday – Guest Speaker Kogen Seido Jamie Howell @ 10:15am

Please join us this upcoming Saturday for guest speaker Kogen Seido Jamie Howell (Wild, Untamed Source – Sincere Way) who began his Zen practice with Joshu Sasaki Roshi in 1979 at the Mount Baldy Zen Center.

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In 1983, when he was living in San Francisco and his eldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, Jamie began to study with Michael Wenger at the San Francisco Zen Center. He spent the next 28 years raising four children with his wife, working in the music business and later the real estate business while dedicating himself to Zen practice. He now has three grandchildren.

Jamie was a soccer player and coach for over 40 years and still competes in triathlons with the Golden Gate Triathlon Team. He road managed Hot Tuna and Natalie Cole, was the sales manager of Hill and Company, and currently works with his partner Luba Muzichenko at Zephyr Real Estate.

It took Jamie almost 17 years to sew his first rakusu; he received the precepts in a jukai ceremony in 2000. He was chairman of the board of San Francisco Zen Center in 2004 and 2005, and was shuso at City Center in 2006. In 2011, Jamie received lay Dharma Entrustment from Dairyu Michael Wenger.

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 ceremony if applicable) and then socializing,  tea and cookies.

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Study Hour — RETURNS! — Jan 8th!

aAfter several weeks off, Thursdays @7:30pm, we are back on schedule to study the Vimalakīrti Sūtra, also called Vimalakīrtinirdeśa Sūtra. There are multiple translations, we focus on the Dr Robert Thurman version, but welcome any version to compare the translations.

We can share books for anyone who wants to join in, or feel free to purchase a copy and join us (many are very low cost online).

Check our twitter page for any changes in schedule.

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Saturday Jan 3rd, Full Moon Ceremony!

Join us Saturday for the Full Moon Ceremony!

The Full Moon Ceremony is at around 11:00am — 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. 2fThis month according to the Farmer’s Almanac it’s the Full wolf, old, snow, or after yule Moon. Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

The ceremony will begin around 11am roughly after the Dharma Talk. Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), 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 a ceremony if applicable, then tea and cookies with socializing. Please know you are welcome and invited!

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we are closed until sat. Jan 3rd. see you then!

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Happy New Year & Welcome to 2015!

Untitled-1Please note we will be closed Jan 1, 2015. See you soon!

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what are you doing… new year, new year’s eve?

Join us for an evening event kicking off at 7:30pm and taking us into 12am Jan 1 2015!

IMG_1981There’ll be some soji or traditional New Year’s temple cleaning, a light snack , zazen (seated meditation), striking our large bell 108 times, a burning ceremony of things to leave behind in 2014, and finally a toast to the new year.

Please note: There won’t be the regularly scheduled zendo events on the 31st…. (We will additionally observe Chinese new year and goals set with a new Daruma, as we have been the past few years along with joss offerings to those beyond our visible realm for the year of the Sheep/Goat in mid-February).

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27 Dec @ 10:15am – Guest Speaker: Tokuden Shinki Mark Lancaster

Please join us Dec 27th as we return from a 3 day break and to hear our guest speaker:

mari-woodTokuden 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.

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