Sign up Now for a Sewing Sesshin at Green Gulch
October 9–14

Register today! There will be a 5-day Buddha’s Robe Sewing Retreat at Green Gulch, October 9–14, 2016, led by Kiku Christina Lehnherr and Sangetsu Kathy Early. Anyone sewing rakusu or okesa is welcome. Participants can stay overnight at Green Gulch at a reduced rate, or commute. And participants are welcome to attend all or part of the retreat.

Sign up by September 25. (If the deadline has passed, please contact Green Gulch at 415-383-3134 to ask about late registration.) More information here.

Website Content Editor—Volunteer Position

We are still looking for a long-term volunteer to be content editor for the Branching Streams website. This is a very part-time position, about 10 hours a month during the learning period and significantly less once familiar with the site. Requests are not urgent, and usually content can be posted anytime in the week following the request. Branching Streams is a WordPress website, so familiarity with the WordPress back end system (or expertise with other back-end web content management systems) is very helpful. When there is new content to be posted, we provide the basic information; some editing and formatting is needed so that posts match what is already there. We would love to have someone help us keep the site updated and keep information flowing, on a volunteer basis.

Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

San Francisco Zen Center and Branching Streams have developed a new Fellowship Program to help support sangha leadership through Visiting Teacher Fellowships and Sangha Support Fellowships. Read more

Profile: Dancing Mountains Zen Sangha, United Kingdom

The main aim of Dancing Mountains Zen Sangha is to support local sanghas across the UK

Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi has been visiting the UK for around 25 years, initially at the invitation of Maurice Ash, a philanthropist with a deep interest in Buddhism. Between 1999 and 2010, Tenshin Roshi taught annual weeklong retreats at Gaia House, and over this time built a committed following. Gaia House, formerly a convent, is now an Insight Meditation centre, and for many years this served as an excellent venue for us.

DancingMountainsMapOrigins of Dancing Mountains

Tenshin Roshi’s retreats at Gaia House were, for some time, one of only a few events that filled all the available space at the venue, attracting over 60 people. In an organic process, the retreats at Gaia House gradually evolved form and intensity, and started to look more and more like a Zen sesshin. As this process evolved, so too did the wish among students to support each other to practice between sesshins, and the idea of developing groups and a centre in the UK was born. (continues)

Map of Affiliates

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Of Interest

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Reminiscences of Suzuki Rosho (audio)

Reminiscences about Suzuki Roshi

At one of the evening sessions at the May 2015 Branching Streams meeting, some of us who had begun practicing when Suzuki Roshi was alive reminisced about our practice with him.  It was recorded and you can download the audio here.