Category Archives: Dharma Talks

20 September @10:15am – Guest Speaker – Koshin Julia Ten Eyck

Please join us this upcoming Saturday for a guest speaker from within our own HSZC family! Koshin Julia Ten Eyck is a relationship and child welfare thattorney, mediator and ordained Zen priest in San Francisco. Julia has had an active spiritual and meditation practice of one form or another for more than three decades. In 2004, she found Zen practice (or Zen practice found her) and she became a student of Zen and a practicing member of Hartford Street Zen Center.

She received jukai in 2006 and received priest ordination in 2010 with her root teacher, the late Surei Darlene Cohen. Julia is the past president, and still a member, of the Hartford Street Zen Center Board of Directors, and is also a long-time member of the Dharma Lawyers, a group of Buddhist attorneys led by Mary Mocine.  In 2012, she completed three years of Sangha Leadership Training and was granted a certificate of Zen ministry by the Shogaku Zen Institute. She is also a student of yoga, a published writer, and loves to travel, especially to visit her daughter in New York City as often as possible.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation) at 6:30am, morning service, a brief drop-in meditation instruction at 8:30am. And again zazen at 9:25 am. We wrap up with a dharma talk at 10:15am followed by ceremony when applicable and then right to social time, tea and cookies.

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13 September 10:15am – Guest Speaker, Kōnin Cardenas

ky19Please Join us this Saturday  for a Dharma talk offered by Kōnin Cardenas, titled Study of the self: the Big Picture

Kōnin is A nun ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition who began practicing Zen in 1987 and was ordained in 2007, currently working as a Spiritual Care Counselor for Pathways Hospice in the East Bay area (near San Francisco), and the Dorm Manager for the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley. Also the leader of “Dharma en Español,” a Spanish-language Zen study group at San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) and co-chair of the SFZC Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee and an amateur calligrapher and sumi-e painter, occasionally giving classes in sutra copying. During the past 10 years Kōnin has been primarily engaged in Buddhist monastic practice, inter-faith chaplaincy, non-profit development, and volunteer management. In previous roles she served as a finance professional, Kōnin was a Mortgage Banking Subject Matter Expert, educating residential lenders on reinsurance structures, and a Vice President at a boutique investment bank executing middle-market software mergers and acquisitions with an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and the mother of a wonderful 23-year-old woman.

Her long-term vision is to found a women’s residential center that integrates Buddhist study and zazen with community service and socially-engaged leadership training.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), morning service, a brief drop-in 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,  tea and cookies.

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Encountering Difficulties In Spiritual Practice (Tokuden Shinki Mark Lancaster)

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Reflections On The Oxherding Pictures (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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Patience and Effort (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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Really Meeting Someone (Hobu Beata Chapman)

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Formless Practice (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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Trusting All The Places Of Practice (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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Be Happy, You Good Child (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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26 July, 10:15am – Guest Speaker Jamie Howell

Please join us this upcoming Saturday for guest speaker Kogen Seido Jamie Howell (Wild, Untamed Source – Sincere Way) who began his Zen practice with Joshu Sasaki Roshi in 1979 at the Mount Baldy Zen Center.

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In 1983, when he was living in San Francisco and his eldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, Jamie began to study with Michael Wenger at the San Francisco Zen Center. He spent the next 28 years raising four children with his wife, working in the music business and later the real estate business while dedicating himself to Zen practice. He now has three grandchildren.

Jamie was a soccer player and coach for over 40 years and still competes in triathlons with the Golden Gate Triathlon Team. He road managed Hot Tuna and Natalie Cole, was the sales manager of Hill and Company, and currently works with his partner Luba Muzichenko at Zephyr Real Estate.

It took Jamie almost 17 years to sew his first rakusu; he received the precepts in a jukai ceremony in 2000. He was chairman of the board of San Francisco Zen Center in 2004 and 2005, and was shuso at City Center in 2006. In 2011, Jamie received lay Dharma Entrustment from Dairyu Michael Wenger.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), morning service, a brief drop-in 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,  tea and cookies.

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