From its humble single-sheet newsletter beginnings on December 2, 1961, prior to San Francisco Zen Center’s incorporation, over the decades Wind Bell has grown into a much admired chronicle not just of Zen Center but of emerging Western Buddhism. Library Journal has praised Wind Bell as a resource containing “some of the most profound and useful writings available on Zen practice.”

Known by many readers in its semiannual incarnation, Wind Bell has varied over the decades in both publishing schedule and emphasis, but has always reemerged to express the activity of practice through Zen Center’s teachings, ceremonies, community news, and daily life. We are pleased to offer Wind Bell in print again this year for the first time since 2007 with our commemorative 50th-anniversary issue. Capturing the spirit of Zen Center through a range of voices and perspectives from our extended sangha, the new Wind Bell reflects both the rich legacy and potential ahead for this storied and still-young institution.

A complimentary copy of Wind Bell has been mailed to all SFZC members and the journal is also available for sale through the City Center, Green Gulch, and Tassajara bookstores and via the online bookstore at (relaunching soon!).