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August 29, 2022 – A Practice Talk by Oscar Balaguer

Practice Talk given by Oscar Balaguer on Monday, August 29th, 2022 – (Audio Version: 11.4MB, 56 min 10 sec).

Oscar Balaguer

Oscar Balaguer

Senior Student

A longtime Zen practitioner and member of Valley Streams, Oscar was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson.
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August 22, 2022 – “A Fish Swims Like a Fish” – Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare

Dharma Talk given by Rev. So On Jim Hare on Monday, July 18th, 2022 – (11.4MB, 47 min 3 sec).

So-on Jim Hare

So-on Jim Hare

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985, and priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period.
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August 8, 2022 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Renshin Bunce

Dharma Talk given by Rev. Renshin Bunce on Monday, August 8th, 2022 – (13.7MB, 56 min 13 sec).

Rev. Renshin Bunce

Rev. Renshin Bunce

Visiting Teacher

Rev. Renshin Bunce is a California native, born in Marin County and raised in Southern California. In midlife, yearning for a peaceful mind, she began meditating, and met her teacher Myogen Steve Stücky in January of 1994. She made jukai (took her lay vows) with Myogen at Dharma Eye Zen Center in 1996, was priest ordained by Zenkei Blanche Hartman at San Francisco Zen Center in 2003, served as Shuso (head student) with Myogen at Tassajara in 2008, and received dharma transmission from him at Tassajara in April of 2013. Renshin lived at Zen Center for seven years, and then began training as a chaplain. She moved out of Zen Center in 2008 and worked as a hospice chaplain from 2010 until retiring in 2022. She has written two books, Entering the Monastery, a record of her time at Zen Center, which was published in 2008; and Love and Fear, reflections on chaplaincy, which was published in 2020.
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July 18, 2022 – “Commentary on Being-time” – Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare

Dharma Talk given by Rev. So On Jim Hare on Monday, July 18th, 2022 – (13.5MB, 59 min 10 sec).

So-on Jim Hare

So-on Jim Hare

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985, and priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period.
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July 11, 2022 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Dharma Talk given on Monday, July 11, 2022 –  Rev. Myo Lahey (12.7 MB, 54 min).

Rev. Myo Lahey

Rev. Myo Lahey

Teachers

Rev. Myo Lahey is the guiding teacher for our sangha.  Rev. Myo became interested in Zen as a teenager and started full-time residential practice at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982. He received dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999 and served as head of practice at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery from 2000 – 2002. He is now Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco. (http://www.hszc.org)
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June 27, 2022 – “Letting life unfold in unpredictable ways from the mystery” – Dharma Talk by Rev. Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Dharma Talk given by Rev. Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah on Monday, June 27th, 2022 – (12.4 MB, 44 min).

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.
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June 13, 2022 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Eijun Linda Cutts

Dharma Talk given by ev. Eijun Linda Cutts on Monday, June 13, 2022 – (13.6 MB, 37 min 50sec).

Eijun Linda Cutts

Eijun Linda Cutts

Visiting Teacher

Eijun Linda Cutts came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1971 and was ordained as a priest in 1975. She has lived at Tassajara and SFZC’s City Center, and has resided at Green Gulch Farm since 1993. In 1996 Linda received Dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson. After having served as Abbess of SF Zen Center from 2000 to 2007, she was appointed Abiding Abbess of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in 2010, and Central Abbess of SF Zen Center in 2014. As Senior Dharma Teacher, she continues to teach and lead practice periods and retreats at Tassajara, Green Gulch, and elsewhere, and has been leading Yoga-Zen retreats and workshops for many years.
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June 6, 2022 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Zenki Mary Mocine

Dharma Talk given by Rev. Zenki Mary Mocine on Monday, June 6, 2022 – (12.5MB, 37 min 50sec).

Rev. Zenki Mary Mocine

Rev. Zenki Mary Mocine

Visiting Teacher

Reverend Mary Mocine is abbess of Clear Water Zendo in Vallejo. She was trained at San Francisco and Berkeley Zen Centers, and Tassajara Zen Monastery. She was ordained in 1994 by Sojun Mel Weitsman, former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center and continuing Abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. Reverend Mocine has also trained with Abbess Zenkei Blanche Hartman and former Abbots Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Tenshin Reb Anderson of the San Francisco Zen Center. She received dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman in May 2005.
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May 23, 2022 – Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare

Dharma Talk given by Rev. So On Jim Hare on Monday, May23, 2022 – (13.5MB, 37 min 50sec).

So-on Jim Hare

So-on Jim Hare

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985, and priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period.
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May 17, 2022 – “Reflections on Being Shuso” – Dharma Talk by Rev. Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Dharma Talk given by Rev. Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah on Monday, May 17th, 2022 – (10.6MB, 44 min).

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.
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May 9, 2022 – Dharma Talk by Danan John Wark

Dharma Talk given on Monday, May 9, 2022 –  Danan John Wark (11.6MB, 50 min).

Danan John Wark

Danan John Wark

Visiting Teacher

Danan John Wark, abbot of Cloud Zendo in Pilot Hill, practices koan introspection and has received inka from Zen Master BoMun (George Bowman) in the Single Flower Sangha tradition. Master BoMun is associated with the Kwan Um School of Zen and also with Boundless Way Zen. John has also studied koans with Tenshin Reb Anderson at No Abode Hermitage. Cloud Zendo offers sutra service and zazen every Saturday morning at 8:30 in Auburn at Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church, 190 Finley St., Auburn, CA 95603.
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May 3, 2022 – “Faith Commitment” – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Dharma Talk given on Monday, May 3, 2022 –  Rev. Myo Lahey (13.4MB, 54 min).

Rev. Myo Lahey

Rev. Myo Lahey

Teachers

Rev. Myo Lahey is the guiding teacher for our sangha.  Rev. Myo became interested in Zen as a teenager and started full-time residential practice at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982. He received dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999 and served as head of practice at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery from 2000 – 2002. He is now Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco. (http://www.hszc.org)
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April 25, 2022 – A Dharma Talk by Diane Wilde

Dharma Talk given by Diane Wilde on Monday, April 25th, 2022 – (15.5MB, 1 hr. 4 min).

Diane Wilde

Diane Wilde

Diane Wilde has studied meditation in various traditions since 1990. In 2001 she was a founding member of Sacramento Insight Meditation. She founded Buddhist Pathways Prison Project (aka Boundless Freedom Project) in 2010 and has been a prison chaplain for 18 years. She is a graduate of Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy program and graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leadership Training Program. She is a board member of Sati Center for Buddhist Studies at the Sacramento Dharma Center. In 2015 she was lay-ordained as a Buddhist minister by Gil Fronsdal.
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April 11, 2022 – “Dogen’s Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon” – A Dharma Talk by Hoka Chris Fortin

Dharma Talk given by Rev. Hoka Chris Fortin on Monday, April 11th, 2022 – (12.8MB, 49 min).

Hoka Soko Chris Fortin

Hoka Soko Chris Fortin

Visiting Teacher

Chris began her practice in 1976 at the San Francisco Zen Center, and received Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. She is founding and guiding teacher of the Dharma Heart Zen sanghas in Sonoma County, an Everyday Zen senior priest and teacher, and guiding teacher for Sky Island Zen in Tucson, AZ. She offers retreats and practice groups through SF Zen Center that include Jizo Bodhisattva Journeys through grief and change, Jizo Ceremonies, Wildland Firefights Retreats. She co-founded Veterans Path for current era veterans and co-facilitates (with Valley Streams Ino Doralee Grindler Katonah) an ongoing Racial and Social Justice as Dharma Practice group.
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April 4, 2022 – “The Precious Jewel of Sangha Life” – Dharma Talk by Rev. Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Dharma Talk given by Rev. Paravrtti Doralee Grindler Katonah on Monday, April 4, 2022 – (4.7MB, 19 min).

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.
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April 2, 2022 – “Self-Fulfilling Samadhi” – Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare

Dharma Talk given by Rev. So On Jim Hare on Monday, April 2, 2022 – (9.5MB, 37 min 50sec).

So-on Jim Hare

So-on Jim Hare

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Tanto, or head of practice. He lived in the San Francisco Zen Center community from 1980 to 1984, was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1985, and priest ordained by Myo Lahey in 2016. He served as Head Student at Green Gulch Farm during the spring 2002 practice period.
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