San Francisco Zen Center, Summer 2017

In August I took photos at the San Francisco Zen Center for their web site and promotional materials. Here are two shots of the Buddha Hall, where most public lectures and Dharma talks take place, and the central courtyard. The building was originally a home for young Jewish women, built in the 1920s by the … Continue reading

drawn stone 2

drawn stone

Part of the installation Drawn Stone by Andy Goldsworthy. This was commissioned for the courtyard at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Like some of Goldsworthy’s work, this is almost imperceptible. I never saw a sign or placard indicating there was even artwork there. I was sitting on one of the stone slabs and … Continue reading

the world of things

“Those of us who call ourselves Buddhist corrupt the teaching by a narrow sectarianism and by a sort of withdrawal from what’s going on in our society. A great Zen Master warned, ‘The man who clings to vacancy, neglecting the world of things, escapes from drowning but leaps into the fire.’” Philip Kapleau (1912-2004), author … Continue reading

candle extinguisher

brass candle extinguisher, or snuffer, in the Buddha Hall at the San Francisco Zen Center

humble vessel

bell, san francisco zen center

arrangement3

sushi kitchen

shedding layers