With shelter-in place orders around the Bay Area, our Youth & Family Program has taken a quick turn and we have re-imagined our program for the virtual, Zoom format. The new, ten-month-long Engaged Family Practice Program will meet on the first Sunday of each month, September 2020 – June 2021, 10 – 11 am.
Suggested donation is $20 per family; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Pre-registration is required. Please use the Register Online button on the event calendar page. Once registered, you will receive a link by email to join our program online via Zoom.
- Meikyo Chelsea True
- Patty Bradford
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Three Lamps:
I vow to develop a kind heart.
I vow to develop a clear mind.
I vow to honor the Triple Treasure.
Body like the mountain.
Heart like the ocean.
Mind like the sky.
In Support of Racial Justice
San Francisco Zen Center’s Youth and Family Program is committed to the work of anti-racism. We believe that benefiting from a racist culture is inseparable from being racist—and that we are either actively working to dismantle racism, or we are perpetuating it. Our work begins by looking within to find, untangle, and transform our own biases—and then taking action.
As part of a Buddhist institution and as parents and teachers, this means looking at our relational patterns, our curriculum, our policies, and seeking to intentionally disrupt white supremacy and white-dominant culture. As Ibram X. Kendi tells us, "To be antiracist is a radical choice in the face of history, requiring a radical reorientation of our consciousness."
We rededicate ourselves to opening our eyes fully to the hurt we have caused, taking responsibility for our own actions, and holding each other accountable for making real changes to our system. We hope you'll take some time today to consider what this means for your family. We have included a list of resources to help you engage in this dialogue in age-appropriate ways.
- In this video, a Kindergarten teacher talks to children about race
- How to Explain Racism to Kids: Sesame Street Town Hall
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
- Multicultural and Social Justice Books for Children
- Being Antiracist and Creating Anti-Racist Education
- How to Fight Racism Through Inner Work: with Rhonda Magee