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Queer Meditation – Beginning Tuesday, 27 September @6pm


Beginning Tuesday, 27 September, the Hartford Street Zen Center will host a weekly mindfulness and meditation get-together for our LGBTQI community, family, and friends. Continuing in the spirit of our founding Abbot, Rev. Issan Tommy Dorsey, our intention is to extend the special welcome for persons in sexual/gender minorities which Rev. Issan was among the first in the US to make a principle of Dharma study and practice.

This special hour from 6 to 7 p.m. will include mindful sitting, discussion, question & answer, helpful pointers for practice, and perhaps other features of importance to our community. There is no charge, but our temple, Issan-ji (One Mountain Temple), does depend upon donations from the Sangha (the community of practitioners) for its survival, so your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Please feel invited to participate in this Dharma practice event, at a place where LGBTQI students of Dharma have always been welcome.

To learn more of our history, see the excellent biography of Rev. Issan, “Street Zen”, written by his close friend Tensho David Schneider.

May all beings be happy, may they be joyous and live in safety.

17 September half day sitting!


Thursdays we offer Study Hour @7:30pm

Please join us Thursdays!

Dōgen Zenji’s (Founder of our school of Zen) Shobo Genzo.

Untitled“This monumental work is considered to be one of the most profound expressions of Zen wisdom ever put on paper, and also the outstanding literary and philosophical work of Japan. It is a collection of essays by Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), founder of Zen’s Soto school.”

We are primarily focused on the more recent published version of Kazuaki Tanahashi. “He and a team of translators that represent a Who’s Who of American Zen have produced a translation of the great work that combines accuracy with a deep understanding of Dogen’s voice and literary gifts. This volume includes a wealth of materials to aid understanding, including maps, lineage charts, a bibliography, and an exhaustive glossary of names and terms—and, as a bonus, the most renowned of all Dogen’s essays, “Recommending Zazen to All People.”

 The book is easily found online and there are books to share for anyone who wants to join in.

Jun 18 – Half day sitting & Orlando memorial service.

Please join us this coming Full Moon12 Saturday for a quiet morning of Dharma practice with the Hartford Street community. There will be periods of both walking and sitting meditation beginning at 6:00 a.m., with a Dharma talk by the Abbot at 10:15 a.m. as usual.

Following the talk we’ll have a simple memorial service for those injured or killed in the massacre at Orlando, Florida. Practicing together in this way is one powerful fashion of responding to the currents of greed, hatred and confusion which are at the root of human-caused tragedies such as we have seen this week, as on so many other occasions.

NOTE: A simple breakfast will be served, but you’ll need to sign up in advance if you wish to have breakfast. You may leave us a message at 415-863-2507 to sign up, but also please leave a return phone number.

May all beings be happy, may they be joyous and live in safety…