25 august: no morning zazen

No morning Zazen or morning Chanting next Monday, but we will still have evening Zazen on August 25th at 6pm, just again, no morning schedule.

thPlease also be aware that HSZC will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on September 1st! All day.


Today’s Newsletter (Aug 19)

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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!


Sat, Aug 9th – Full Moon Ceremony!

We’ll have the monthly Full-Moon Ceremony renewal of our Bodhisattva vows this Saturday morning after the Saturday Morning Dharma talk.

The ceremony takes about a half-hour and involves some thirty full prostrations, but simple standing bows are also all right if prostrations are too strenuous. All are welcome to join in this ceremony/celebration. This month according to the Farmer’s Almanac is the Full Red, Green Corn, Sturgeon or Grain Moon. Th ceremony will begin around 11am roughly after the Dharma talk.

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


Formless Practice (Rev. Myo Lahey)


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


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


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Study Hour, Thursdays @7:30pm

We bid farewell (for now) to the Book of Serenity at case 100 last night at just under three years of study hour’s study. We will take a break next week, Aug 7th and reconvene on Aug 14th with the Vimalakīrti Sūtra, also called Vimalakīrtinirdeśa Sūtra,  a Mahāyāna Buddhist sūtra. It dates from no later than the 3rd century ce, based on its earliest Chinese translations, and most likely from the 1st or 2nd centuries ce.

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We will use the Robert Thurman as the basic text but reading the other translations and comparing differences is also acceptable.  We also just found out about a fourth by our same Book of Serenity Translator, Thomas Cleary you can look into by clicking here appears to only be in e-book version.

UntitledcPlease read the introduction and first chapter to prepare for our first study hour on this text August 14th.


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