Zen San Francisco

Buddha's altar in Green Gulch

Buddha’s altar in Green Gulch

After the mountains I’ve decided to move on. I went to visit the San Francisco Zen Center. I spent a week at the City Center and went to Green Gulch Farm, an organic farm Zen Center, both part of the San Francisco’s Sangha. Both the city and the field was very impressive! Many people practicing together and for a long time. This is the largest Zen Center in the West, founded in the 60’s by Suzuki Roshi, author of the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”. At City Center lives 60 people, in the morning ceremony there’s at least 30 people participating every day. Every morning at work meeting a large circle was made, which people communicate arrivals and departures, the activities of the day and sequence of work. I worked some days in the kitchen where 13 people were working in silence and mindfulness. My eyes filled with tears, moved to see the depth and extent of the practice. At Green Gulch live approximately 40 people working in different sectors: on the farm (growing vegetables), gardens (flowers and fruit trees), grounds (maintenance outside), and also cleaning, kitchen and administration. The guest students as me worked every day in a different sector, but the lunch and breakfast dishes was always ours. On Thursday at a time that would be doing the second period of zazen all people went to work on the farm. The Abbot to the new visitor, all followed to the farm when it was still dark, silent. Silently the day came while we took care if the soil. Here I felt that I found a dream. A dream that many people have dreamed together and made it real. As the music of the brazilian musician Raul Seixas “… Dream that you dream together is reality.” It was very exciting to see how many people had put and era putting their lives to the practice of Zen. To know about themselves and make the world a better place.

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4 responses to “Zen San Francisco

  1. Beautiful… On Sep 27, 2013 2:00 PM, “Drawing the way” wrote: > > enguetsu posted: “After the mountains I’ve decided to move on.I went to visit the San Francisco Zen Center.I spent a week at the City Center and went to Green Gulch Farm, an organic farm Zen Center, both part of the San Francisco’s Sangha. Both the city and the field was v” >

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