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We Do Indeed Live in a Dream

Over at KQED Arts, a thoughtful write-up of the evening with Laurie and Reb Anderson that conveys a nice sense of their conversation:

It is something of a novelty to see so practiced a storyteller being asked questions by a teacher of Zen. After words of greeting, Reb Anderson stated his first question: “Are we living in a dream?” Laurie and the audience laughed, and then decided it was too early in the evening for such a question. When laughter or solemnity waved through the audience, Reb Anderson’s expression was unchanged. Instead he smiled a content smile, while his eyes fixed deeply at Laurie’s.

There were many questions for Laurie Anderson.


"Its reach is beyond meditation"

Tova Green, director of the San Francisco Zen Center, opens windows in the Suzuki Roshi Room. Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

“What’s unique and wonderful about the Zen Center is that it serves the community in a wide way. You can come to deepen your commitment to Christianity or Islam. You can come seeking a deeper understanding of what lies within. It’s just unprecedented.”

—Norman Fischer, former abbot of SFZC,
quoted in the Chronicle

On Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a generous feature article by Julian Guthrie on Zen Center’s 50th anniversary. It was on the front page of the print edition and is still available online: SF Zen Center’s 50 years of opening hearts, minds