Green Gulch Farm

Muir Beach
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United States

The Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, also known as Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji), is located in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, in a valley that opens out onto the Pacific Ocean. The center is one of the San Francisco's three practice centres. In addition to a year-round schedule of Zen meditation, study, and practice, it includes a thriving organic farm and garden, a traditional Japanese guest house and tea house, and a conference and retreat center.

Tradition & Practice
Buddhism
Zen
Kind of Place
Center
Monastery

Practice and Meditation

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center offers a full schedule of daily zazen (meditation sessions) and service, a Sunday morning program, classes, day-long sittings and sesshins, and residential practice periods in the traditional style. Sesshin means to collect the heart/mind - spending up to 7 days meditating, eating, and working in silence, devoting every aspect of the day to the realization of the Buddha Way. Sesshin meals are generally served and taken in the traditional oryoki style. For those interested teachers are also available for private interviews(discussions). Study in the Way of Tea is also offered which includes tea ceremonies in the traditional tea garden.

The Place

Green Gulch Farm is located on 115 acres just north of San Francisco. It was purchased in the spring of 1972 from rancher George Wheelwright, with an agreement that it would always remain open to the public and engage in agricultural awareness. The land is an inholding of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has much wildlife within its borders. They operate a large organic vegetable farm and a smaller fruit, herb and flower garden. The vegetable farm sustains the community living at Green Gulch and also sells its produce at various local farmers markets, whole foods stores, and to Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. Partnering with the National Park Service and other local groups, residents and staff at Green Gulch work to restore nearby Muir Beach and the surrounding wetlands to their original habitat also.

Lineage and
Organization

This is the description of the San Francisco zen center organization. San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC), is a network of affiliated Sōtō Zen practice and retreat centers in the San Francisco Bay area, comprising City Center or Beginner's Mind Temple, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. The sangha was incorporated by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and a group of his American students in 1962. Today SFZC is the largest Sōtō organization in the West.

Contact

sfzc.orgggfoffice@sfzc.org+1 415-383-3134
1601 Shoreline Hwy
Muir Beach
CA 94965
United States

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