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Special Events & Exhibits

Current Art Exhibit (November)

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Art Exhibit, November 2014: Combustion
New Paintings by Tim Wicks
November 2014
in the City Center Art Lounge
300 Page Street, San Francisco

Reception: Friday, November 7, 7 - 9 pm

SFZC Presents: David Whyte
San Francisco Zen Center presents two events with David Whyte
at the First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco

November 21-22, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule, CC 11/26-28


Wednesday evening, November 26, at 5:45 pm
Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome during this service in the City Center Buddha Hall. There will not be an open dinner or 7:30pm Dharma talk.

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29
City Center will be closed. There will be no meditation and no open meals. Enjoy the holiday!

Saturday, November 30
Regular Saturday schedule, beginning with 6:30 am zazen.

Entering the Monastery: A Book Reading by Renshin Bunce, CC 12/12
Friday, December 12, 2014
7:45 - 9 pm
in the City Center dining room

Join us for a free reading by Renshin Bunce from her new book Entering the Monastery, an evocative documentation of years of practice, friendships, and wholeheartedness in the world of American Zen.

Winter Interim, CC 12/24-31
During the interim break the regular schedule will continue but the zendo (meditation hall) will be staffed by volunteers.

Christmas Holiday, CC 12/25
Thur, Dec 25, 2014

City Center will be closed. There will be no meditation and no open meals.

We wish a happy, safe, and peaceful holiday to all!

New Year's Eve at City Center
December 31, 2014
This event begins at 8:30 pm with a work meeting followed by temple cleaning. Noodle soup is served at 10:00. The han begins at 10:30 to signal zazen at 10:45. There will be two periods of zazen and the ringing of the densho 108 times. The night ends with a bonfire in the courtyard. Donations are appreciated.

New Year's Day Celebration at City Center
Thursday, January 1, 2015

8:00 am A procession to the various altars of City Center/Beginners Mind Temple, followed by toasts to the New Year on the roof, weather permitting, or in the dining room.

How Clinging to Gender Identity Subverts Enlightenment (Advanced Buddhist Studies Lecture Series), CC 2/13
with Lopon Rita Gross, PhD
Thursday, February 13, 2015

Teachers always say, “Enlightened mind is beyond gender—neither male nor female.” Nevertheless, people take gender seriously. How do we solve this contradiction?

Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness (Advanced Buddhist Studies Lecture Series), CC 3/19
with Taigen Dan Leighton
Thursday, March 19, 2015

The joy of “suchness”—the ultimate true nature inherent in all appearance—shines through the teachings attributed to Dongshan Liangjie (807–869), the legendary founder of the Caodong lineage of Chan Buddhism