Warm up to the New Year by chillin’ with us! Here’s the schedule:
7:00 pm Dai-Soji (temple cleaning)
7:30 pm Zazen (sitting and walking meditation)
9:00 pm New Year’s Toast
Afterwards, you can go out and paint the town, if so inclined, but you’ll go with a peaceful heart. What could be better? Everyone is welcome.
Our annual Winter Light Retreat will begin the evening of Wednesday, December 6th and conclude on Sunday the 10th. Everyone is welcome to join for meditation and services, but if you expect to join for meals (suggested donation $30 per day; no one turned away due to lack of funds), please call (415) 863-2507, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up on the sheet in the living room. Help with meal preparation is also greatly appreciated, so if you are interested you may contact Rev. David at email@example.com. The schedule for the retreat may be previewed here, but bear in mind that there may need to be occasional adjustments.
All are welcome to join our monthly meeting where we check in with each other, share thoughts and feelings about the temple, and discuss community issues and ideas for improvement.
May is the Full Flower Moon! In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon. This is our renewal of our Bodhisattva vows 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 invited to join in this ceremony/celebration.
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. Please join us!
Jisan Tova Green, LCSW, currently serves on the Board of Directors af San Francisco Zen Center. Before being named vice president, she served as the Director and many other capacities at SFZC. She has given many dharma talks at HSZC, but it has been a few years since she joined us and offered a talk.
She received priest ordination from Eijun Linda Cutts in 2003. Tova is a practice leader at San Francisco Zen Center and co-founded Zen Center’s Queer Dharma Group.
Tova received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and completed Smith’s certificate program in Contemplative Social Work in 2008. Tova was a social worker at Hospice by the Bay until April 2011.
Please join us for this wonderful event!
Rev Hokai (Max) has been part of the SFZC/Shunryu Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen Buddhist centers, for the past 19 years. He has lived at Tassajara, Green Gulch and is in his second residence period with hartford street zen center, issan ji temple. He also has been engaged in Buddhist practice in additional traditions and in other lineages.
He was recently ordained as a Soto Zen Priest through Rev Myo Lahey at HSZC. Professionally Rev. Hokai is in process of completing training in Clinical Pastural Education while he resides at hszc,
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!