Rebecca Rosen Lum, J-Weekly: As someone who has maintained a vital connection to her Jewish faith even as her Buddhist practice has deepened, Tova Green says the two traditions share some basic tenets.
An awareness of the preciousness of life.
The necessity of living an ethical life.
A sense of interconnectedness.
Also, she adds, “there are practices that are mutually enriching.”
Green is the director of the San Francisco Zen Center’s Beginner’s Mind Temple (also known as City Center), a post she has held since April 2011. The temple is a Soto Zen training center open to the general public.
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“She’s very easy to love,” Greg Fain, 53, says from the couch at the San Francisco Zen Center, where he lives, works and shares his life with Linda Galijan, 51. Both are priests here at the mother ship of American Zen practice; they teach meditation and hold various service positions in this large spiritual community.
“Greg cannot hold a grudge,” Linda replies. “He’s just not able to.”
Often during the telling of their story, these two circle back to their genuine appreciation for each other, and for the path they share. “Our practice comes first,” Greg says, “and from that our relationship is naturally supported.”
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Costa Contra Times: On a typical school day, Camilla Danpour rises at 5 a.m., turns on soothing music and perches on the edge of her bed.
For five minutes, an eternity to some teens, she sits in a trancelike state, staring dead-ahead at a digital clock.
And she does nothing.
At least that’s how it appears from the outside. Truth is, there’s a lot bouncing around on the inside. And the Walnut Creek teen runs a mental squeegee over those thoughts, meditating to wipe away life’s pressures.
Succeeding at that goal can be a killer. Her mind is wired to race through the day.
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