I lived with Lou Hartman at San Francisco Zen Center's City Center from August of 2006 to December of 2009. When I first moved in, Lou would come to the basement zendo most every day for zazen, and take his seat. He always sat in the northeast corner. Later on, I found out that he sat there because that is one of the few seats where you sit facing an actual wall. In most of the City Center zendo seats, you sit facing these opaque white windows.
Koans are much different than sitting meditation or zazen. When someone does zazen in the Soto Zen tradition they believe they are the Buddha because the Buddha sat in cross-legged in meditation. “We can experience Gautama Buddha’s ... Read Post
The San Francisco Zen Center — profiled in “Always Beginner’s Mind” in our September magazine — is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend, and for those unable to attend the festivities, it will be livestreaming most events o... Read Post
On Friday, November 22, 2013, San Francisco Zen Center and Missing Links Press will present a special evening of poetry at City Center (300 Page Street, San Francisco) featuring four esteemed poets (the first three of whom you may h... Read Post