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Schedule changes coming up!

Hartford Strethet Zen Center will be closed Dec 24-26 and be back to regular schedule on Saturday the 27th of December.

We will then have an altered schedule on the 31st of December for our New Year event (more info to come starts at 7:30pm on the 31st to mid-night starting a new year on Jan 1) and then closed again – Jan 1, 2015.

Please be aware of these changes and we hope to see you soon!


Balance of 2014…

islam_buddhism_73Please keep an eye on the weeks ahead, schedule, there are several adjustments. Easiest way is the newsletter and easiest access to that is our twitter page ( ) You dont have to sign up to access this just “x” out of the sign up window.

We also are still asking in time for your 2014 taxes, for your financial support! Please support the temple and its lay community offerings, residential student and priests programs!

Easiest way to give:

Deepest gratitude!


Study Hour continues its’ break until Thurs Jan 8th!

Please rejoin us for Study hour then! Thursday January 8th @ 7:30pm

buddhismAnd we hope to see you at Zazen and Saturday Dharma talks in the meantime!


Please support HSZC!

monk-beggingGreetings and best wishes for the New Year to all of you, with many thanks for your continuing support. The new year will bring us to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passing of our founder, Issan Dainei. Through his original vision, along with the work and support of many people since, Hartford Street Zen Center has been offering the Dharma in the Castro for more than thirty years.

We ask that you help insure the practice of the Buddha Way in the Castro through your generosity. (click here for full annual appeal for donations letter)


Sat. Dec 13th Guest Speaker – Kokyo Henkel @ 10:15am

Please join us this Saturday for Guest Speaker Kokyo Henkel
Kokyo is currently Head Teacher at Santa Cruz Zen Center. He has been practicing zen since 1990 in residence at Tassajara, Green Gulch Farm, No Abode Hermitage in Mill Valley, and Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan. He was ordained a priest in 1994 by Tenshin Anderson Roshi and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2010.
Kokyo’s interests include looking at how the thclassic original teachings of Buddha-Dharma from ancient India, China, and Japan are still very much alive and useful in present-day America to bring peace and harmony to this troubled world.
Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation) a bit later at 6:30am, morning service, a brief drop-in or by appointment meditation instruction at 8:30 am. And again zazen at 9:25 am. We wrap up with a Dharma talk at 10:15 am (followed by ceremony if applicable) and then socializing, along with tea and cookies.

HSZC closed until Dec 9th @ 6am

Great Study Period, great Winter Light Retreat, great Shuso and many other ceremonies!



Shuso Ceremony Dec 7 @ 12 – noon (and end of Study Period as well as Winter Light retreat)

sttreeOur first Study Period since 1994 is coming to a close.As well as the Winter Light Retreat/Sesshin!

Please join us for the Shuso Ceremony at noon for our Sangha and head Student Daiko Tanzen, David Bullock who was ordained by Issan.

We would love to see you for the wonderful event.


It is NOT too late to join the Study Period & now Winter Light Sesshin!

Here is general info

*Here is the schedule for tonight and of the next 4 days


*There will be some adjustments to fit in a Full Moon Ceremony on Saturday, the Founders Memorial, the Bodhi Day Celebration, end of the retreat and Study period closing ceremonies and ends at noon on Sunday with the Shuso ceremony!

Winter Light Retreat 2014 – Dec 3rd – 7th



HSZC – Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Thurs, Nov. 27