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A Day At Green Gulch Zen Farm

November 17, 2010

Saturday I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to spend the day (and overnight) at San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm with my friends Michaela and Sarah.  Michaela, a newly ordained priest, has lived on the farm for the last 5 years, and since ordination in September, will undergo 4 more years of training before becoming … a more official priest!  Or something.  I’m not quite sure how the Zen works.  And Sarah, who has taken her lay vows, is not only the executive director of Buddhist Peace Fellowship, but also a true SFZC baby, raised by Zen teacher parents among its three campuses: Green Gulch, Tassajara, and City Center.

Anyhow, the two of them go way back, and it was a delight to spend a while walking, joking, thinking out loud, and generally hangin out with these amazing, brilliant, passionate dharma sisters.  And the setting, while old-hat to them in some ways, for me was … well.  Green Gulch — a functioning subsistence-plus-sales farm, as well as a practice center, located in one of the wealthiest counties in the US — has its issues, is evolving, is imperfect.  And has its gorgeousness, my, my.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. nathan permalink
    November 17, 2010 9:27 am

    That rainbow chard looks quite wonderful! I’d like to make it out to that farm someday, having heard so much about it over the years.

  2. November 17, 2010 9:34 am

    Yeah, the sight of the rainbow chard made me squeal out loud. :) Hope your travels lead you there sometime!

  3. November 17, 2010 11:20 am

    I love the statue among the pumpkins. Looks like it just sprouted up there and grew…

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