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16 August, Guest Speaker Hobu, Beata Chapman & Sangha Council

Beata Chapman is a Zen priest and long-time student of the late Darlene Cohen, studied with the late Katherine Thanas at Santa Cruz Zen Center and at Russian River Zendo for 23 years, and was ordained in 2009. She recently received dharma transmission from Tony Patchell at Russian River Zendo in Guerneville, CA. 0Beata teaches meditation groups for people with chronic physical and emotional pain, and she leads Peninsula Zen, a meditation group in downtown San Mateo.

She also works with older adults and persons with disabilities and their families, guiding and helping them access resources.  And for the Hartford Street Zen Center Beata has been a vital guide and supporter as the facilitator of HSZC’s Sangha Council.

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 tea and cookies.


This Saturday will also be the Sangha Council for HSZC at 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 16 August for 120 minutes (with a break included).

We’re  continuing this format that is flexible enough for a diversity of needs.  This session will be facilitated by Beata Chapman. She is knowledgeable about many aspects of zen communities.    The scaffold we’ll be working from is based on the Council process developed by the Ojai Foundation.


You do not need to have an ‘issue’ or overt concern to attend.  Council is sangha building, connection and healing.  All are welcome!


Thursdays at HSZC

We have the normal weekday schedule, HIV and support later morning sitting group and;

d_zJoin us Thursdays at 7:30 pm as we study The Book of Serenity as an opportunity to practice together in Sangha. We read the entirety of text we discuss together. Preparation is encouraged, and so are drop ins! We are just a few cases away from wrapping this wonderful collection of teachings up.

There are books to share for anyone who wants to join in.


Spring Equinox: Higan-e

mochi2In Japanese, there is a proverb that says “Hot and cold weather last until the equinox”.

Higan is the teaching that leads people from the world of delusion to the world of awakening. There are six components of this teaching: giving, precepts, perseverance, diligence, zazen, and wisdom. It is taught that if we carry out these practices we will be blessed with happiness and good fortune.

On the day before Higan, it is the custom in a Japanese home to clean the Buddha altar, to straighten up the various Buddha implements, and to change the flowers on the altar. It is also customary to make offerings of rice dumplings, rice cakes covered with bean jam called ohagi or botamochi. And once again on the final day of the week, dumplings made from rice flour are offered. During this time, offerings of food, special sweets, and fruit are also made. It is customary at this time to visit the temple to present offerings of pounded-rice cakes (mochi), sweets, fruit, and so on to the principal image of Buddha as well as the family ancestors.

It is also the custom at Higan to visit the family grave to express our gratitude to the family ancestors. In Japan the temple priest is then asked to chant a sutra at the grave, at this time, we join our hands in wholehearted prayer.

Following the visit to the gravesite, it is proper to remove the food offerings. No one likes to see spoiled offerings and they are also unsanitary. It is also good to clean up the special gravesite for graves that are no longer tended by family members and offer incense and flowers. In Japan, this is thought to express the beauty of one’s heart and mind.


Robina Courtin event – April 1 at 7pm

unnamedRobina Courtin, is in the Bay Area for a brief visit and would like to connect with her students, friends and followers at Hartford Street Zen Center on Tuesday, April 1. You do not need to RSVP for this event, however, seating is limited and we will accommodate you on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are the details:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7pm

Unravelling our Negative Emotions

57 Hartford St., San Francisco, CA
Seating Limited, No RSVP, First Come, First Served
Donation of $10-15 welcomed



Thursdays at 7:30pm

SANCHIJoin us Thursdays at 7:30 pm as we study The Book of Serenity as an opportunity to practice together in Sangha. We read the entirety of text we discuss together. Preparation is encouraged, and so are drop ins!

There are books to share for anyone who wants to join in.


Welcome all to 2014

HSZC will return to full swing operation Jan 3, 2014



Rev. Myo – What Can Practice Do for Me? — Zen in America Video

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HIV and Supporters Sitting Group and Meditation in Recovery

Did you know at Hartford Street Zen Center there are many groups that practice together?

hszc buddha gardenThe HIV Meditation Group meets twice a week, every week, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am in the Zendo. There is 30 minutes of sitting followed by socializing in the garden.

The Meditation in Recovery Group meets every Friday at 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm in the Zendo and offers meditation, a talk and discussion. Meetings are led by senior Buddhist practitioners in recovery.

Click on the names of the groups in this post for more details.


Memorial Day Holiday: Zendo Closure

Reminder: Zendo closed Monday, 27 May 2013. Regular Schedule resumes Tuesday, 28 May 2013, at 6:00 am.


Metta Service/Meditation: 26 April 2013 6pm

I think it goes without saying given current, recent & historical events we need as much Metta as we can generate.  Please join us next Friday!