Issue 28;

The Light Returns calligraphy by Josh Zatz


Dancing Mountains and Branching Streams - In the Silence the Streams Flow

By Editor

Recently we were invited to join Branching Streams an organisation within San Francisco Zen Centre that supports their outlying sangha both in the USA and internationally. After discussion within  the Board and seeking advice from Tenshin Reb Anderson it was decided that for the sangha to be a member of Branching Streams would bring DM into closer and more intimate contact with our 'mother house' and we would benefit from support offered by Branching Streams to support  teachers from SFZC when they travel to outlying sanghas.

Once we had accepted Branching Streams invitation we received this letter from Steve Weintraub who heads up branching Streams for SFZC.

Steve Weintraub was ordained as a Zen priest in 1973, and he has been teaching Buddhism at San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, and Green Gulch Farm for over 30 years. In 1994, he received dharma transmission—full authorization as a teacher—in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki.

Dear Branching Streams Leaders,

1 - Windbell Set:

I am very pleased to be able to offer to each of you, to each of the Sanghas in our Branching Streams Network, a set of the print magazine that San Francisco Zen Center published for ​almost 40 years​

, Windbell. And I am further pleased to report that all the costs involved -- shipping, handling and other incidental costs -- will be completely covered by funds from our Yearly Contribution Fund. This is the first use of those funds, and its great to be able to use them to benefit any/all Branching Streams Sanghas ​who wish to make use of this opportunity​

 I consulted with the Branching Steams Advisory Committee and they are all on board for this use of these funds. And therefore the cost to you is zero.

Windbell​ ​


​This Set of Windbells (20-30 issues) has editions of the magazine from 1968 until 2005, when we began to publish Sangha News Weekly online​. Virtually every issue has an edited Dharma Talk by Suzuki Roshi, not otherwise available. There is a great range and variety of articles and items in the Windbells as well, including: Dharma Talks by Katagiri Roshi and other zen teachers, essays by visiting scholars, articles on the development of SFZC as well as, more widely, the development of zen and buddhism in the West, much original art work, and many many archival photographs

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