San Francisco Zen Center Celebrates 50 Years

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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few," wrote San Francisco Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in his famous work "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind." As the center celebrates its 50th anniversary, we'll talk to three veteran teachers about Suzuki Roshi's vision, the history of the center and the possibilities for Zen in America.


Norman Fischer, Zen teacher, poet, author, former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center and founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation

Susan O'Connell, vice president of the San Francisco Zen Center who has lived at the center since 1995

Steve Stucky, central abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center who first came to the center in 1972