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Lou Hartman, 1915-2011

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.
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The difference between zazen and koans

Religion / Buddhism : The Zennist (3 years ago)

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

This Friday night, San Francisco Zen Center’s “Nothing Is Hidden” Reading Series comes to you

Religion / Buddhism : Shambhala SunSpace (3 years ago)

Nothing Is Hidden is a series of readings, screenings, and artist talks hosted by San Francisco Zen Center to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Shunryu Suzuki’s classic book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. Genine Lentine, who has written... Read Post

Celebrate online with San Francisco Zen Center this weekend

Religion / Buddhism : Shambhala SunSpace (2 years ago)

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


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