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Study Hour Returns This Thursday!

aThursdays @7:30pm, we study the Vimalakīrti Sūtra, also called Vimalakīrtinirdeśa Sūtra. There are multiple translations, we focus a bit 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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20 September @10:15am – Guest Speaker – Koshin Julia Ten Eyck

Please join us this upcoming Saturday for a guest speaker from within our own HSZC family! Koshin Julia Ten Eyck is a relationship and child welfare thattorney, mediator and ordained Zen priest in San Francisco. Julia has had an active spiritual and meditation practice of one form or another for more than three decades. In 2004, she found Zen practice (or Zen practice found her) and she became a student of Zen and a practicing member of Hartford Street Zen Center.

She received jukai in 2006 and received priest ordination in 2010 with her root teacher, the late Surei Darlene Cohen. Julia is the past president, and still a member, of the Hartford Street Zen Center Board of Directors, and is also a long-time member of the Dharma Lawyers, a group of Buddhist attorneys led by Mary Mocine.  In 2012, she completed three years of Sangha Leadership Training and was granted a certificate of Zen ministry by the Shogaku Zen Institute. She is also a student of yoga, a published writer, and loves to travel, especially to visit her daughter in New York City as often as possible.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation) at 6:30am, 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.

Please join us!

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13 September 10:15am – Guest Speaker, Kōnin Cardenas

ky19Please Join us this Saturday  for a Dharma talk offered by Kōnin Cardenas, titled Study of the self: the Big Picture

Kōnin is A nun ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition who began practicing Zen in 1987 and was ordained in 2007, currently working as a Spiritual Care Counselor for Pathways Hospice in the East Bay area (near San Francisco), and the Dorm Manager for the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley. Also the leader of “Dharma en Español,” a Spanish-language Zen study group at San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) and co-chair of the SFZC Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee and an amateur calligrapher and sumi-e painter, occasionally giving classes in sutra copying. During the past 10 years Kōnin has been primarily engaged in Buddhist monastic practice, inter-faith chaplaincy, non-profit development, and volunteer management. In previous roles she served as a finance professional, Kōnin was a Mortgage Banking Subject Matter Expert, educating residential lenders on reinsurance structures, and a Vice President at a boutique investment bank executing middle-market software mergers and acquisitions with an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and the mother of a wonderful 23-year-old woman.

Her long-term vision is to found a women’s residential center that integrates Buddhist study and zazen with community service and socially-engaged leadership training.

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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11th & 18th of September — Student/Peer gathering

On the 11th and 18th of September several of our Sangha who normally attend the weekly Thu57abebb6119042e736b4a18091b55351rsday Study Hour will gather to read together and discuss Eihei Dogen Zenji’sGenjo Koan while our Abbot is out of town.

We want to invite all who usually attend Study hour or even do not normally, to attend.

It will occur during our same normal Study Hour time slot on these Thursdays at 7:30pm to 8:30pm on these two dates.

This will be an informal in-person reading and discussion. Please feel free to join us!

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Sat. 6 September: Full Moon Ceremony & Annual Issan Memorial

This upcoming Saturday we will have our normal Saturday program with a Dharma talk at 10:15am provided by our Abbot, Rev Myo Lahey, followed by two short ceremonies commencing roughly at 11am.

buddhajayanti-11We will conduct a slightly compressed monthly renewal of our Bodhisattva vows, AKA full moon ceremony for the Full Corn or Full Harvest Moon, of September.

We will also observe, memorialize and celebrate the life of Rev Issan Dorsey and pay thanks to his many community and Dharma gifts. The first Abbot and founder for 57 Hartford Street as a Zen Center, as well as one of the visionaries, that with many people’s generosity and hard work, realized Maitri AIDS hospice.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation) at 6:30am, 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. Please join us!

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Today’s Newsletter (Aug 19)

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