Category Archives: Dharma Talks

1 November @ 10:15am – Guest Speaker, Jisan Tova Green

TaRaJisan Tova Green, LCSW, currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President of San Francisco Zen Center. Before being named vice president, she served as the Director.

She received priest ordination from Eijun Linda Cutts in 2003. Tova is a practice leader at San Francisco Zen Center and co-founded Zen Center’s Queer Dharma Group.

Tova received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and completed Smith’s certificate program in Contemplative Social Work in 2008. Tova was a social worker at Hospice by the Bay until April 2011.

Please join us for this wonderful event and we will be in week 1 of 6 of our Fall Practice Period and thus a great opportunity to take advantage of the additional sittings and offerings we have until early December!


Oct 25 through Dec 7th 2014 – Fall Study Period!

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Periods of focused practice are an ancient and vital part of Buddhist, and especially Zen, tradition. During the Study Period and Winterlight Retreat we will have an opportunity to focus on meditation and inner reflection, deepening our practice of the Buddha Way together.

Modeled on the traditional 90 Day Ango (Practice Period) the Study Period will include opportunities for private interviews with  Rev. Myo (dokusan), lectures and special ceremonies, as well as semi-formal meals (oryoki style), teas, and additional periods of meditation.

If interested please begin a dialogue with us by emailing to discuss what days and times you can commit to, and we very much look forward to this practice opportunity with you!



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.

Please join us!


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.


Encountering Difficulties In Spiritual Practice (Tokuden Shinki Mark Lancaster)


Reflections On The Oxherding Pictures (Rev. Myo Lahey)


Patience and Effort (Rev. Myo Lahey)


Really Meeting Someone (Hobu Beata Chapman)


Formless Practice (Rev. Myo Lahey)


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