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Memorial Day Holiday: Zendo Closed…

MemorialDay1Our Meditation Hall (J. zendo) will be closed all day Monday, 30 May, in observance of the national holiday. The regular schedule of seated meditation (J. zazen) will resume at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 31 May. Have an enjoyable holiday, everyone!


Memorial Service for Rev. Zenkei Blanche Hartman: Thursday, 19 May

edited_1463538003550We will hold a memorial service in the zendō at Issan-ji for Rev. Blanche, who passed away last Friday morning. The service will take place at 6:40pm, following the 6pm period of seated meditation. Everyone is welcome.


Monday, 25 April: NO a.m. Practice

This coming Monday, 25 April, is the last Monday of the month, so we’ll allow the residents a bit more sleep and forego the usual morning practice schedule. However, there WILL be 6 p.m. zazen Monday as usual, so please join


HSZC Sangha Council Meeting – Friday 22 April, 7:30 p.m.

chicirda-council-chamber-t1998-0136 Our Sangha council will meet again this Friday, with facilitation provided by Rev. Dr. Steven Tierney. All Sangha members are invited to attend and bring their concerns for discussion. Any topics brought up in council are considered confidential and are not shared outside of council meetings. Meeting will conclude by 9 p.m.


Morning Sitting and Buddha’s Birthday – Saturday 9 April

baby-Buddha Please join us for our annual celebration of Buddha’s Birthday this coming Saturday. There’ll be zazen (seated meditation) a little earlier than usual for Saturday, at 6:00 a.m., walking meditation at 6:40 a.m., and a shorter sitting at 6:50 a.m. followed by morning chanting at 7:20. A simple breakfast will then be taken semi-formally in our dining room, but please note that you must sign up ahead-of-time if you want breakfast (415-863-2507, There will be the usual period of sitting at 9:25 a.m., and the Dharma talk at 10:15, after which we’ll walk-and-sit until about 11:40, when we’ll have the ceremony of Bathing the Baby Buddha. Then we’ll have refreshments for all upstairs in the living room. Everyone is welcome. Donations are always appreciated and very much needed, but don’t let that stop you from attending if you’re not in a position to donate right now. Happy Buddha’s Birthday to all!


Cesar Chavez Day: 31 March – No MORNING Schedule

image007 Cesar Chavez Day is a national holiday, so there will NOT be a
morning sitting on Thursday 31 March. The evening sitting will take place at 6pm as usual, followed by study hour at 7:30pm.


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24 October – an opportunity to feed the hungry,

as well as see temples of other Buddhist traditions and meet other Bay Area Buddhists!

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17 October – Guest speaker; Ryuko, Laura Burges

Ryuko, Laura Burges is a lay entrusted teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. A Capture5555teacher of children for 27 years, her work has been featured in the PBS special The Digital Divide and in the book Teach Our Children Well. She is active in bringing mindfulness practices into elementary classrooms. Laura co-founded the Sangha in Recovery program at the San Francisco Zen Center and lectures and leads retreats at different practice centers in Northern California.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), 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 tea and cookies.


19 Sept @10:15am – Guest Speaker Anshi Daigi, Zachary Smith

Saturday, Sept 19 @ 10:15am – Guest speaker: sticker375x360, has been practicing since 1993. He took jukai in 1995 and was shuso in 2007 under Abbot Paul Haller, who ordained him as a priest in 2014. He currently directs North Mountain Zendo, a zazenkai group in North Beach.

In addition to his involvement with Zen, Zachary is a husband and father (of 4), an engineer, a musician, a bike fanatic, and an avid but mediocre poet. He may be the only person in the history of Zen in the West to have interrupted a residential practice period to tour with a rock band.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), 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 tea and cookies. Please join us!