Author Archives: Shindō Strzelczyk

August 19, 2017 – Rev. Zachary Smith

August 12, 2017 – Rev. Myo Lahey

August 5, 2017 – Rabbi Jeremy D. Sher, M.Div.

Guest Speaker Sat. August 5 – Rabbi Jeremy D. Sher, M.Div.

Rabbi Jeremy Sher, M.Div.From Organic Torah:

Rabbi Sher, a Jewish Renewal rabbi, serves as congregational rabbi for Ha-Emek: Honest, Inclusive, Progressive Judaism in Silicon Valley.  Rabbi Jeremy works full-time as a chaplain at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and University of California San Francisco Medical Center.  An experienced nonprofit leader and a veteran of eight boards, he is the author of Growth through Governance: What Every Jewish Nonprofit Leader Needs to Know. He received his M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School, where he was Ministry Fellow and Harry Austryn Wolfson Fellow in Jewish Studies, and received the prestigious Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship to spend a year of field study in Israel.  In 2016 he was ordained by his longtime teacher, Rabbi Natan Margalit. Prior to entering this field, he worked as the CEO for a software company.

For details, see the Saturday schedule

July 29, 2017 – Rev. Shosan Victoria Austin

Half-Day Sitting, Sat. August 12

We will be hosting a half-day sitting on Saturday, August 12th. The program begins slightly earlier than the regular Saturday program (6am) and includes a semi-formal oryoki breakfast in the dining room and an additional period of zazen after the dharma talk. Everyone is welcome to join for any or all of it, but we request that you sign up so we know how much food to provide if you intend to come for breakfast. We would also appreciate a $25 donation ($20 for members) to cover the cost of the meal, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

You can visit the event page for the full schedule and to register, or you can sign up below.

Guest Speaker, Sat. July 29 – Rev. Shosan Victoria Austin

Rev. Shosan Victoria AustinFrom SFZC:

Shosan Victoria Austin began practicing both Zen and yoga in 1971. In the Soto Zen tradition, she is entrusted as a Dharma heir in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, an international priest of the Soto School, and a Dharma teacher at San Francisco Zen Center. She trained in the U.S., in India, and in Japan. In the Iyengar tradition, she is certified as an Intermediate teacher.

In addition to working with the yogic needs of meditation students around the country, in diverse settings including workplaces, institutions, and homes, Victoria teaches public yoga classes at San Francisco Zen Center and the Abode of Iyengar Yoga, ethics and teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco’s Teacher Training Program, and serves as an assessor of the next generation of Iyengar yoga teachers.

She trains regularly with senior yoga and Zen teachers, including Sojun Mel Weitsman, Manouso Manos, and the Iyengar family. Victoria’s practice goal is to wake up in a way that benefits beings. Her teaching goals include transmitting Zen Buddhism as a yogic path and Yoga as a path of awareness. Keeping faith with each tradition, she offers classes and workshops accessible to a wide variety of abilities and circumstances.

Her website is victoriaaustin.org. See our Saturday schedule for more details.

July 22, 2017 – Rev. Myo Lahey