In the spirit and tradition of the San Francisco Zen Center’s first Abbot, Shunryu Suzuki, we practice and teach Zazen, or Zen meditation. Zazen is not focused on beliefs or concepts and participants are not taught what to believe.
In Zen practice, each person is encouraged to study the self and accept the reality of one’s own life without fear.
We utilize a traditional Zen posture and simple forms.
In Zazen (meditation), we choose to let go of our thoughts to calm our active minds. Zazen helps us bring stillness and focus into our daily lives as we practice being engaged fully in each moment. This engagement with reality helps wipe away our aversion to the raw face of life, just as it is.
We meet every Saturday morning for two sessions of sitting meditation. Both experienced and beginners are always welcome. Instruction and meditation practice are always free. Donations are accepted.
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“For Zen students the most important thing is not to be dualistic. Our "original mind" includes everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. You should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.” - Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
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