Farm and Garden Apprenticeships
at Green Gulch

Seeking prospective Zen students & farmer-gardeners!

Green Gulch Farm welcomes applications to the 6-month Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program for 2017. Read detailed information about the program here. A prerequisite for the apprenticeship is a 2-week guest student stay, which needs to be scheduled in advance. Our ideal candidates are energetic people equally interested in cultivating Zen practice, living in an intimate residential sangha setting, and working to steward this beautiful watershed while learning to produce organic fruit, flowers, herbs and vegetables for a variety of outlets. For any questions, including guest student stays, please contact contact Emila Heller.

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: Twining Vines Sangha, New York, NY

Twining Vines Sangha celebrates 10-year anniversary in 2016

Twining Vines Sangha is a non-residential practice community located in the northern suburbs of New York City. Our home zendo is in Purchase, NY, where we have Tuesday evening zazen, short talk, and discussion; and a regular Saturday morning program including zazen, service, and work practice. We also sit Thursday evenings in Old Greenwich, CT in a Congregational Church that has welcomed us since early 2006, and where we offer beginning instruction.

TVS has been celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2016. Founded in early 2006 by Jane Genshin Shuman and Patty Chikai Pecoraro, it started with a sitting group in one room on the lower level of Patty and Jane’s home. As we grew, pieces of furniture and exercise equipment disappeared one by one until the whole ground floor was dedicated to space for TVS.  (continues)

On the Road: Visiting and Sharing Mid-Stream

Marcia Lieberman describes her time at three sangha Centers

photo1This past summer I was fortunate to visit 3 sanghas and share my knowledge and experience of temple arts. The initial proposal sent out to Branching Streams Affiliates described my intention: to reside in a Branching Streams community to share my knowledge and devotion to the forms and rituals embedded in Soto Zen practice. It was a wonderful time, and I found each Center to be warm and welcoming. The abiding teachers at each Center opened doors and helped in so many ways. (continues)

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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.