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24 April – Thursday @7:30pm – The Platform Sutra: A Guest from Outside Creation @ SFZC

Untitled-1Our Abbot, Rev. Myo Lahey will provide a lecture @ SFZC for advanced Buddhist studies on: The Platform Sutra, or T’an Ch’ing, of the Sixth Ancestor, also known simply as the Sutra of Hui Neng, is a pivotal work in the history and development of Ch’an (Chinese) or Zen (Ch’an’s name in Japan) Buddhism in China. It is probably the only work in the Chinese scriptural canon that is of Chinese origin, is not allegedly spoken by Buddha himself, and yet is accorded the status of a sutra, or a direct revelation of the Buddha Word. In it we find many of the characteristics of Ch’an which would come to be identified with that form of Buddha Dharma. It is also striking in the contrasts it exposes between the Ch’an style and more traditional sutra-based teachings.

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Tuesday, April 1st – open to the public, Event

TmonasteryWe would like to remind all that a Tibetan Lineage Nun Robina Courtinwill be giving a talk at HSZC tomorrow (Tuesday April 1) at 7pm.  Because she usually has a significant interest or following we are having to cancel evening Zazen to rearrange our space and as a first come, first seated event we expect that people will show up when we would normally be in a period of Zazen or chanting. All are welcome to attend and keep in mind she usually draws a bit of a crowd so first come first seated and our space and capacity to seat is limited. We will see you again back to our regular schedule Wed., April 2nd. And “no” this isn’t an Aprils fool joke!

Also a reminder we are closed today, open tomorrow morning at 6am for morning schedule and closed again in the evening for this event.

The individuals hosting this event request dana (donation) of $10-$15 and all questions go to: Albert.Kaba@gmail.com

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Saturday March 15 @11am, two ceremonial events

121This Saturday is both the annual observance of  Mahapajapati‘s life a great opportunity to celebrate women in Buddhism through the first female nun. And it’s our monthly full moon ceremony for the Worm, Crust (of snow),  Lenton, Crow, or Sap Moon (Farmer’s Almanac full moon names) which is for us the ceremony to renew our Bodhisattva vows. Come and join us for double the fun this Saturday morning!

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. Dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by ceremony (when we have one) and then tea and cookies. We also have a regular schedule 6 days each week.

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

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Saturdays at Hartford Street

t-jiJoin us Saturday each week for a 6:30am *Zazen sitting, *Morning Service, *Soji, followed by *Zazen Instruction at 8:30am (ideal for the new attendee, beginner or a great refresher course). *Zazen 9:25am sitting, *Dharma Talk (normally offered by Rev. Myo Lahey unless promoted as a Guest Speaker) at 10:15am and if a *ceremony is scheduled, ceremony finally followed by *Tea, Cookies and social interaction!

Zen is a Sangha sport so please join us on Saturdays including all you urban hermits!

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Fridays @ HSZC

Beautiful-Fuji*Thursdays & Fridays each week: HIV, Supporters, Friends and anyone really… sitting group 10:30am for 30 minutes then socializing in garden after.

*Fridays: Meditation in Recovery every week 19:30.

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Sat. Feb 15th – Double Feature

ParinibbanaThis Saturday marks both the annual observance of Buddha’s Parinirvana and our monthly full moon ceremony for the hunger, or full snow moon ceremony renewal of Bodhisattva vows. Come and join us for double the fun this Saturday morning!

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. Dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by ceremony and then tea and cookies.

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

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Saturday Feb 8 – Guest Speaker: Keiryu Liên Shutt

TaraPlease join us for Guest Speaker Keiryu Liên Shutt. Keiryu is Dharma transmitted in the Shunryu Suzuki Roshi lineage. Drawing from her monastic practices in the US and overseas, she endeavors to share ways in which the deep settledness of traditional practices can be brought into everyday life. She’s based at San Francisco Zen Center but also teaches at East Bay Meditation Center, Hartford Street Zen Center, and the LGBT Community Center.

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. Dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by tea and cookies.

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

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1 Feb 2014 or 4712 Chinese New Year!

imagesPlease join us for the second annual event for a Chinese (lunar) New Year Celebration and remembrance to those who have gone beyond. This is the year of the Horse, Element is Wood.

Join us this Saturday for our normal program including a talk by our Abbot Rev Myo Lahey, followed by some Chinese New Year décor, treats and the symbolic call to our deceased loved ones, followed by offerings to make their current state a more enjoyable one and just remember them and send loving intentions through joss paper offerings.

It is also the event we recognize our completed goals and wishes by coloring in our Daruma’s other eye pupil and sending him to the beyond in the joss paper fire and installing a  new Daruma with a single pupil of this year’s wishes or goals.

Then after a break (lunch) and for those interested we will connect in Sangha Council at12:30pm to talk about any Sangha Topics of interest or concern.

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. Dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by tea and cookies.

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

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Aside

Due to the holiday calendar, there won’t be the usual First Thursday group meeting this week. The next meeting will be Thursday, 6 February 2014.

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New Years Eve – Dec 31 at 7:30pm

nyebellJoin us for an evening event kicking off at 7:30pm and taking us into 12am Jan 1 2014! There’ll be some soji or traditional New Year’s temple cleaning, a light snack , zazen (seated meditation), striking our large bell 108 times, and finally a toast to the new year. Please note: There won’t be the regularly scheduled zendo events on the 31st.

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