Congratulations to all the students who completed the year-long program, "Establishing the Path of Practice," at San Francisco Zen Center. You fulfilled your commitment to yourself and your practice, and that's cause for celebration! And thanks to my co-leaders Paul Haller, Lien Shutt, Zach Smith, and Wendy Lewis who were a pleasure to practice with too.
Recently, I had the opportunity to give a dharma talk at my former residence, the City Center of San Francisco Zen Center. The talk is about one aspect of a traditional Soto Zen teaching called Genjokoan, and what it tells us about our relationship to our world and ourselves, and about the implications of choice. It is entitled "Live Like It Matters," and you can hear it here or watch the video of it here.