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Buddhadharma : Fall 2012
60 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY FALL 2 0 1 2 our public programs. And there are more and more laypeople who want a broader, deeper, richer training program, not just weekly lectures or an occasional class, but an actual training program. So about four years ago Zen Center responded to that request by setting up a yearlong intensive training program for non-residential students, and it has been repeated in various iterations over the last couple of years. BLANCHE HARTMAN: One thing that’s interesting is that non- ordained laypeople participate fully in the monastic schedule at Tassajara along with those who have chosen ordination. We go from people who have not taken any vows, to householders who have taken vows as laypeople, to people who have taken ordination as monks. It’s interesting that our monastic practice is not just for the ordained. STEVE STÜCKY: The core of Zen Center is dedicated, longtime practitioners, whom you’ll find at each of our three centers. Before people become members of the senior staff, we like them to deepen their practice first. Then when they take on responsibility, they are ready and stabilized, with depth and confidence in their practice that they can offer to other people. Residential practice for a core group of people in leadership that life, and a lot of Zen Center’s efforts and problems and joys have to do with trying to maintain that life of practice in the modern world. MARY MORGAN: To add to Norman’s picture, there are families that have raised their children to adulthood at Green Gulch Farm, and there are families living at City Center. We sometimes invite families to come to Tassajara for three- month practice periods. And now Zen Center is exploring the development of a senior living community. The impetus is our commitment to housing our monks who are of a certain age and have worked at Zen Center for at least twenty years. So the residential nature of our practice continues to expand. Having said that, it’s also true that large numbers of people come to City Center and Green Gulch every week to enjoy The City Center of the San Francisco Zen Center at 300 Page Street, c. 1969. Suzuki Roshi leads a shosan ceremony at City Center, ca 1970. He is assisted by Dainin Katagiri. (Left to right) Sojun Mel Weitsman, Tenshin Reb Anderson, and Zentatsu Richard Baker at City Center, early 1980s PHOTOGRAPHERSUNKNOWN,COURTESYOFSFZCPHOTOS:(TOP)YANAEDWINMURPHY;(RIGHT)ROBERTBONI,COURTESYOFSFZC