The Practice of Zazen with San Francisco Zen Center
Saturdays, October 28, November 18, December 9
11 AM–12 PM
Meet at the information desk.
Free with museum admission
Feeling stressed? An afternoon dose of meditation and tea is sure to relax your mind and body. Join us for guided seated Zen meditation led by staff from the San Francisco Zen Center, followed by a soothing cup of tea. Stay the full hour or pop-in at your leisure. Zafu cushions provided. All you need to bring is yourself and a clear, open mind.
Michael McCord started his Zen practice 10 years ago at the San Francisco Zen Center. In 2009 he moved to Tassajara, SFZC’s remote training monastery inland from Big Sur. In his six years at Tassajara he served on their senior staff and for a year as head of the meditation hall. Michael moved back to San Francisco in 2016 to work in SFZC administration and currently serves as Program Director. In the years just prior to residential practice he was the manager of retail lending for Citibank San Francisco. In 2014, Michael was ordained as a Soto Zen Priest by Ryushin Paul Haller, Senior Teacher and former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center.
Zachary Smith, Anshi Daigi, has been practicing since 1993. He took jukai in 1995 and was shuso in 2007 under Abbot Paul Haller, who ordained him as a priest in 2014. He currently directs North Mountain Zendo, a zazenkai group in North Beach. In addition to his involvement with Zen, Zachary is a husband and father (of four), an engineer, a musician, a bike fanatic, and an avid but mediocre poet. He may be the only person in the history of Zen in the West to have interrupted a residential practice period to tour with a rock band.