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One-Man Play About Issan Dorsey in Berlin

Following yesterday’s wonderful talk by Bernd Bender on the social practice of Zen, being yourself, and translating Street Zen into German, we found out that there is a man in Germany who was so inspired by Street Zen that he wrote a one-man play about our founder Issan Dorsey which he performed around the country! If you understand German or are just curious, check out the video below:

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Just to Be Yourself is Enough (Bernd Bender)

Bernd Bender discusses the social practice of Zen, just being yourself, and his experiences studying under Judith Butler and translating Street Zen into German.

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Guest Speaker: Bernd Bender – Saturday, July 16th

Great Master Bodhidharma

Saturday the 16th, our guest speaker will be Bernd Bender from the San Francisco Zen Center. Bernd has been a student of Soto Zen since 1984. After moving to San Francisco from Germany, he began his studies at the Zen Center, receiving lay ordination from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1996. He has lived at all three practice centers, and has translated several Buddhist texts from English to German. Bernd was Shuso (head student) during the City Center Spring Practice Period in 2009. He is inspired by how the simplicity of practice meets the infinite complexity of life. Bernd received Lay Dharma Entrustment from Dairyu Michael Wenger in 2010.

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