Potrero Hill Zendo, Wind-in-Grass Sangha

Potrero Hill Zendo, Wind-in-Grass Sangha


This is where we're meeting tonight:
Gotta watch this ... Beatboxing Japanese Zen Monk Performing the ‘Heart Sutra’
I can't be with the group tonight because I'm doing family stuff. But I wish you all well! I'll try to make it next Wednesday.
Hello Zensters, Wednesday 05/20's talk will be on this topic: "Your life is on retreat and your best teacher is you." The chosen koan is below but we'll also muse on some words by the ever-wise writer/poet Wendell Berry.

In Dreamland

"Our schoolmaster used to take a nap every afternoon," related a disciple of Soyen Shaku. "We children asked him why he did it and he told us: 'I go to dreamland to meet the old sages just as Confucius did.' When Confucius slept, he would dream of ancient sages and later tell his followers about them.

"It was extremely hot one day so some of us took a nap. Our schoolmaster scolded us. 'We went to dreamland to meet the ancient sages the same as Confucius did,' we explained. 'What was the message from those sages?' our schoolmaster demanded. One of us replied: 'We went to dreamland and met the sages and asked them if our schoolmaster came there every afternoon, but they said they had never seen any such fellow.'"
Reminder, if you want to meditate with us tonight, then hop on the Zoom call tonight at 7p PT. It's our first virtual live session!

Hey everybody, today is Fourth of July but I will come to Wind in Grass to open up shop and meditate. If you’re thinking about coming out tonight but not sure if people will be there, I will be there. Happy Independence Day!
It was great seeing you all last night, as well as getting to meet Jaimal Yogis!

Wind-in-Grass, a relaxed zen meditation group, meets in Potrero Hill every Wednesday night from 7-8:30 at 824 B Carolina Street SF CA 94107.

Our doors are open to everyone. www.sanfranciscozen.org

Operating as usual

[06/14/20]   A group hike, this Sunday, 11am at Bayview HIll for those who feel comfortable. Masks and social distancing required.

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San Francisco Zen Meditation

Meditation tonight at 7. A short talk following the sit. The June schedule is up at www.sanfranciscozen.org. Or subscribe to our monthly schedule update on the same website.

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[05/07/20]   May's Koan:

Bodhidarma sat facing a wall.
Huike, waiting in the freezing cold outside called in, "Your disciple's mind is not yet at peace. I beg you, Master, give it rest."
Bodhidharma said, "Bring your mind to me; I will put it to rest."
Huike said, "I have searched for the mind but have never been able to find it."
Bodhidharma said, "I have finished putting it to rest for you."

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[03/18/20]   Hello fellow Sangha members.
On a somber note, I am reaching out to notify everyone that in compliance with San Francisco's shelter-in-place order, Wind-in-Grass will shut its doors for the first time in over 10 years. Following these extreme measures is critical to minimize the risk for our city and our country during this outbreak.
But we will not close.
At 7 tomorrow night, WiG will live stream our program on the Wind-in-Grass page. And each Wednesday night until this crisis has passed. It is in the shadow of fear and uncertainty that our practice is most important, that the need for support and community is strongest. We will sit together, then have a short talk.

[03/12/20]   For those who have made the decision not to attend tonight due to Covid-19 risk, we will attempt a facebook live livecast.

Check in here around 7 to see if it goes live. (I have managed to do this once successfully, but this will be my first time via phone)



As Buddhists we have a responsibility to consider the impact our weekly meetings might have on at-risk populations when crises such as Covid-19 arise. Tonight we will meet, but suspend physical contact and tea, set the cushions further apart, and require hand washing to minimize risk. We will review afterwards how we will move forward and look for guidance from the State. For updates - check www.safranciscozen.org.

With that cheery note - tonight we will play a game based on an introductory Koan "silence the distant bell".


[03/04/20]   On a warm morning, Changsha went out wandering in the mountains above the monastery
The director, who didn't see him leave, saw him returning and met him at the gate. He asked “Where have you been?”
“I’ve been strolling in the hills.”
“Ah. Which way did you go?”
“I went out following the scented grasses and returned chasing the falling flowers.”
“That’s exactly the feeling of spring,” said the director.
“It’s better than autumn dew falling on the lotuses,” said Changsha.

In March, springtime returns - bringing new beginnings and a sense of the familiar. This month Wind-in-Grass picks up spring themes of renewal, starts and intention

Wednesday, 7-8:30pm at 824B Carolina Street - 25 minutes of seated meditation and a talk about intention as a tool


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San Francisco Zen Meditation

This Wednesday is Community night - a relaxed program with encouragement to bring friends, loved ones, kids, whoever. There will be food and drink to share. 7-8:30 at 824B Carolina. See you there


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[02/12/20]   Tomorrow night, 7-8:30, meditation practice followed by a loving kindness practice and discussion. See you there


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San Francisco Zen Meditation

Practice tomorrow night - 7:8:30. As is our habit on months with 5 Wednesdays, we will hold two periods of seated meditation, separated by a healthy break and chance to catch up over tea. Its like a mini-retreat and I find that the mind gets the hang of stillness as the evening settles in. See you tomorrow.


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[01/22/20]   Community night tonight. After meditation, we share some food and drink and catch up a bit. See you soon.




Practice tomorrow evening 7-8:30. After the sit, a talk titled: "The last mistake you will ever make". See you there.

for more information: www.sanfraciscozen.org


[12/18/19]   Tomorrow night's weekly practice, 7-8:30, features a short dharma talk and discussion after the sit.




December is a month of sanctuary. Tonight, after we sit, a talk on what is wrong with nothing being wrong. See you at 7. www.sanfraciscozen.org


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San Francisco Zen Meditation

Why yes, we ARE meeting the night before Thanksgiving. If you are in town and need a still breath, come join us Wednesday 7-8:30


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sanfranciscozen.org 11/11/2019

San Francisco Zen Meditation

A reminder - practice this week still centering around an exploration of the relationship between illness and medicine from a spiritual perspective. 7-8:30pm Wednesday night: after a 25 minute sit, a short experiment in wellness and discussion to follow. www.sanfranciscozen.org. See you soon.

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[10/28/19]   Two sits at this week's practice - like a mini retreat with a rest and conversation period in between. See you there - Wednesday 7-8:30

[08/14/19]   Good afternoon. Tonight's practice will feature a small experiment and discussion after our usual sit. Hope to see you all there.

[06/26/19]   Community night tonight after silent meditation. Bring a friend, bring something to share. See you there.

[05/15/19]   Practice tonight 7-8:30 at 824B Carolina.

[05/01/19]   A talk tonight after meditation - "The Benefits of Attachment". See you soon

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San Francisco Zen Meditation

Community night this week - meditation and then some food and drink together. www.sanfranciscozen.org

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[03/06/19]   After sitting tonight, a short talk on the source of your problems. See you soon (7pm -8:30) www.sanfranciscozen.org

[02/28/19]   See you all tonight. Community night meditation and some food and conversation.

sanfranciscozen.org 02/05/2019

San Francisco Zen Meditation

Happy (Lunar) New Year! An auspicious time up your meditation? Join WiG this Wed for meditation and a talk. Or 2/13 for meditation and a short conversation around Zen and Love. Or 2/20 to sit with a visiting speaker, or 2/27 for meditation and community night. More info at www.sanfranciscozen.org . See you soon

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[01/29/19]   Mediation this Wednesday 7-8:30. Two short periods of sitting interspersed with tea and conversation.

[01/24/19]   Community night tonight. After a 25 minutes sit, and short walking meditation we're going to share some food, drink & company. See you there!

[11/28/18]   Happy Wednesday everyone. Tonight is community night - after our 25 minute sit and walking meditation, we will eat, drink and get a chance to catch up with one another. Bring something to share if you think of it.

[11/07/18]   Good evening everyone. Looking forward to seeing you tonight. We'll start with a short sitting meditation and follow it with the talk about cause and effect.

[11/01/18]   9 years ago, when we began this group, we didn't have so many parents. Now it can be a little bit difficult to find somebody to lead practice on Halloween night. I'm going to open up the zendo and arrange the cushions for the people who can come in and sit. Then I need to trick or treat. Chris Wilson will come in a little bit after 7 to pick up practice. Tonight, being the 5th Wednesday of the month, there will be two seated silent meditation periods and no talk.

[10/16/18]   Hello everyone. As Wind in Grass turns 9 years old this weak, after silent meditation we will have a short talk and then discussion. Hope to see you there

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October 08th, 2018

The second in a series of guest posts on koans: http://www.sanfranciscozen.org/blog/october-08th-2018

sanfranciscozen.org This week’s koan is quite short: A monk once asked Master Joshu, “Has a dog Buddha Nature or not?” Joshu said, “Mu! (“No!”or “Not!”). This koan is short but definitely not...



Chris Wilson has written the first of a series of blog posts, hosted on our website: http://www.sanfranciscozen.org/blog/in-the-beginning-there-were-koans . Check it out! He'll speak on the subject Wednesday night after silent meditation





824b Carolina St
San Francisco, CA

General information

A zen meditation group meeting in Potrero Hill, San Francisco, every Wednesday night. Our practice schedule: 1st Wednesday: Koan practice and discussion 2nd Wednesday: Group discussion and Zen experiments 3rd Wednesday: Zen master David Weinstein teaches 4th Wednesday: Group discussion and Zen experiments

Opening Hours

Wednesday 19:00 - 20:30
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