Saturday, June 11, 2011
Ice Cream Social
One of the great things about Zen Center is that you don't have to go far for either sustenance or entertainment. What does an off-duty ino do on a Saturday night? Well, typically for a San Francisco summer evening it is too cold for ice cream, and I am not feeling especially social, but Caren was hosting a farewell ice cream social in the dining room - she didn't get to sit tangaryo, so she didn't get a leaving ceremony in the zendo, but this was a viable alternative. It was the place to be: there were about twenty-five of us, from Blanche to one of this week's guest students, getting sugared up; Renee and Daigan were dancing expertly to Louis Prima, Kathryn singing along to seventies radio classics. Everyone knows everyone else, so it was very relaxed. When I left, Genine was setting up for a movie showing later, but I opt for an early start on the bike tomorrow.