The Essential Dogen, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt, provides readers with a comprehensive array of the most salient and primary themes Dogen explored throughout his teaching career. Organized according to subject matter for the first time, Dogen’s understanding, insights and views are made readily accessible to experienced and new readers alike. The text draws from all previous Dogen translations supported by San Francisco Zen Center.
Bodhidharma is known as the founder of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. Little is known about him historically, but there are versions of his biography that exemplify his influence on Buddhism in Asia and now the West. He is described as a monk from India who studied with Prajnadhara. Some time after completing his studies he left India for China.
Sejiki is a traditional Japanese Zen Buddhist ceremony for the spirits of departed ones. This powerful ceremony summons forth all restless spirits and pacifies agitation and violence within and without.
Wednesday evening, November 27, at 6:15 pm
After evening zazen, there will be a service in the City Center Buddha Hall. Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome. Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome. 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.
Shakyamuni Buddha made a vow that he would continue to sit in meditation until he either died or found the truth. On the morning of the seventh day of his meditation, he experienced enlightenment. This ceremony commemorates that moment. It includes chanting accompanied by a drum during a circumambulation of the Buddha Hall.
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, 2013
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.