Category Archives: Dharma Talks

Dharma Talk: Saturday, 28 May

Buddha+speaks+of+Amitabha+Sutra+b3 This Saturday, the Dharma talk at 10:15 a.m. will be given by Rev. Valorie Beer, a teacher of sewing Buddhist robes in the nyohō-e tradition and a Dharma heir of Rev. Edward Brown. Please feel free to come for seated meditation (J. zazen) at 9:25 a.m., and to stay for tea-and-cookies in the living room afterwards. All are welcome.

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Saturday Dharma Talk: 14 May 2016, 10:15 a.m.

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This Saturday, the regular Dharma talk will be given by our Tantō (Prior), Tanzen David Bullock. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please also feel free to come for seated meditation (J. zazen) beforehand at 9:25, and stay afterwards for tea and cookies in the living room.

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Saturday Speaker: Rev. Tanzen David Bullock

This week, the Saturday Dharma talk at 10:15 will be given by Rev. David, a long-time practitioner and an ordained disciple of our founding Abbot, Rev. Issan Dorsey. Everyone is welcome to attend.GandharaB1

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Morning Sitting and Buddha’s Birthday – Saturday 9 April

baby-Buddha Please join us for our annual celebration of Buddha’s Birthday this coming Saturday. There’ll be zazen (seated meditation) a little earlier than usual for Saturday, at 6:00 a.m., walking meditation at 6:40 a.m., and a shorter sitting at 6:50 a.m. followed by morning chanting at 7:20. A simple breakfast will then be taken semi-formally in our dining room, but please note that you must sign up ahead-of-time if you want breakfast (415-863-2507, hszc108@yahoo.com). There will be the usual period of sitting at 9:25 a.m., and the Dharma talk at 10:15, after which we’ll walk-and-sit until about 11:40, when we’ll have the ceremony of Bathing the Baby Buddha. Then we’ll have refreshments for all upstairs in the living room. Everyone is welcome. Donations are always appreciated and very much needed, but don’t let that stop you from attending if you’re not in a position to donate right now. Happy Buddha’s Birthday to all!

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27 February @10:15am Guest Speaker – Shokan, Jordan Thorn

Please come and join us this Saturday for a Dharma talk by Shokan Jordan Thorn.

Buddha-709119-300x225Jordan has been at SF Zen Center for 30 years. Ordained by Richard Baker in 1977, later received Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. He lives at SFZC’s City Center. He came to SF Zen center as a result of the beat poetry movement that was of interest to  several Zen students in it’s early years and he even played in a rock band  briefly with a famed beat poet that lead to his connect to Zen. He has lived at all three SFZC practice centers, has served in a variety of roles on senior staff and as an officer, and was shuso at Tassajara. Recently he served as City Center Tanto (Head of Practice) and became SF Zen Center’s Treasurer/CFO in September 2011 and he is the teacher of a few of the HSZC Sangha.

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 for < 60minutes, followed by ceremony when applicable and then right to social time, tea and cookies.

Please join us!

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Jan 30@ 10:15am – Dharma talk by Daiko Tanzen, David Bullock

Join us next Saturday for  A talk at 10:15am offered by  Rev. Daiko Tanzen, David Bullock; Jizo_Bosatsu__Oth_._Insp._Webone of our current connections 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.

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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9 January @ 10:15am – Guest Speaker – Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider

15243Jeffrey Schneider is a priest at SF Zen Center, where he has lived, worked and practiced since 1978. He has taught and led retreats at a number of Buddhist centers, including ones in Texas, Missouri and North Carolina. The founder of the SF Zen Center recovery programs, he is currently the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator.

6 days a week we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), morning service, and Soji.

Saturdays include the early morning sitting, a brief drop-in meditation instruction at 8:30 am. And again zazen at 9:25 am. We are offered a Dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by tea and cookies and socializing.

Please join us this Saturday and we hope to see you often!

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Welcome to 2016!

Welcome to 2016!

in Chinese astrology the year of the Monkey (Element Fire). We will celebrate the Chinese new year on February 6th. Using the Gregorian calendar, as we do in the U.S.A. as does Japan, we have started the new year as of today and wish you joy, peace and a prosperous year!

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We are closed today but hope to see you tomorrow as we go back to our regular routine!

In Chinese astrology:
Full of strength and determination, Fire Monkeys are excellent at not only setting goals, but in meeting them as well. Others enjoy being in the company of Fire Monkeys, even though these Monkeys want the upper hand in every situation.

The positive and negative quality of the Monkey Year 2016 culminate in a year that anything can happen. There is little point in storing up goods or planning one’s life. The influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. Things will get accomplished, but largely through personal and individual efforts. Group movements, such as political upheaval or revolutions, will not make a mark during this year.

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19 Dec – Way Seeking with Rev Rin McCarthy @10:15am

20150712_091304As many of you know our own Rin McCarthy ventured earlier this year on a cross country walk to raise awareness of the negative impact to our planet and encourage compassion and attention to the way we interact with our mother with a BIG “M” meaning Mother Earth of which we are all made and will return to. Due to mid journey health concerns she didn’t make it all the way in this first attempt, but did get all the way to Colorado which is no small feat!

She has graciously offered to come and tell us a bit about that journey, her life journey and include the whole of it within the Dharma.

Please join us for this event! 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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12 Dec @10:15am, Guest Speaker Rev. Ryuei, Michael McCormick

nichiren-on-sado-islandPlease join us this Saturday morning for a Dharma talk by Rev. Ryuei, Michael McCormick, who was ordained to the Nichiren-shū (Lotus Sutra School) ministry in 2001 by Rev. Ryusho Matsuda, of the San Jose Nichiren Temple.

Rev. McCormick is also a long-time practitioner of zazen (seated meditation) and a student of the writings of Dōgen-zenji.

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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