Hartford Street Zen Center - Issan-Ji Temple

Hartford Street Zen Center - Issan-Ji Temple

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Hello fellow q***r dharma folk!

I'm forming an intentional q***r community in my 2 unit property by Duboce Park in SF. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from both the Hartford Street Zen Center and the SF Zen Center. I would love to have some fellow Buddhists living here.

I expect to rent rooms for between $1300-$1600 per month. There is a possibility of lower rent for those that need it.

Community pillars include:
–Balance of community and privacy
–Clean and quiet
–Anti-racist and gender inclusive (BIPOC and Trans folks wanted!)
–Supporting healthy friendships among q***r people
–Low interest in intoxicants (my drug of choice is dark chocolate)
–High interest in self-care (Buddhism, yoga, and meditation are among my self-care tools)
–High interest in compassionate communication
–Must love dogs

About the space:
–1910 duplex. I own the upstairs unit and a friend owns the downstairs.
–Shared rear garden
–Washer/dryer in each unit
–1 split bath per unit
–Plenty of basement storage space
–Reasonable street parking. No parking on site.

More about me:
–I’m a 41 year old white cis q***r guy.
–I'm a long-time sangha member at the San Francisco Buddhist Center and am on a path to ordination in the Triratna tradition.
–I’ve been an urban planner and an organizational consultant. I’m currently working sporadically as a freelance writer and coach.
–I am devoted to my sweet dog Cala (rottweiler/pit bull mix)
–I am an aspiring vegetarian/pescatarian.
–I am given to gardening, cooking, and roadtripping.
–I am embracing this turbulent time as one of transformation and growth.

Please comment or DM me if you'd like to know more 🙏
Happy LGBTQ+ Pride weekend!
With a landmark, historical Supreme Court ruling fresh in our mind, jump online to celebrate after our Saturday Morning program! Love wins!

https://www.sfpride.org/celebration/
HAPPY PRIDE WEEKEND!

With a landmark, historical Supreme Court ruling fresh in our mind, jump online to celebrate after our Saturday Morning program! Love wins!

https://www.sfpride.org/celebration/
HAPPY PRIDE WEEKEND! Be sure to join the online festivities to celebrate:

https://www.sfpride.org/celebration/
Meditation class: Smile in your heart!

7th July at2pm
Hartford Street Zen Center in the Castro
Venerable Vimokkha Mendhino, Ph.D, abbot of Pipphalivanaram Thai Forest Monastery.

Please RSVP; message me

A Castro neighborhood Buddhist temple for the LGBTQQI community and allies, in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and the San Francisco Zen Center.

Founded in 1980 by Rev. Issan Dorsey and the Gay Buddhist Club in a Victorian house in the Castro district, Hartford Street Zen Center is the organization responsible for Issan-ji (One Mountain Temple), a neighborhood temple and residential practice center in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. The center was also the site of the Maitri AIDS Hospice in the 1990′s, which now manages its own facilities.

Operating as usual

09/07/2021

Guest Speaker: Sat. 11 September 2021 – Rev. Fugan, Gene Bush

Fugan Eugene Bush began formal Zen practice in 1982 and received Dharma transmission from the late Rev. Katherine Thanas in 2010. Gene serves as one of the Practice Leaders of Santa Cruz Zen Center.

He also became a teacher for the Arcata Zen Group in 2013, with occasional forays to Hartford Street Zen Center and to Q***r Dharma at San Francisco Zen Center

Join us for zazen (seated meditation), with the talk to follow, we offer in-person distanced attendance for those vaccinated fully + 2 weeks with mask worn inside temple; We also will continue to offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. visit hszc.org for info on the Zoom gathering.

Guest Speaker: Sat. 11 September 2021 – Rev. Fugan, Gene Bush

Fugan Eugene Bush began formal Zen practice in 1982 and received Dharma transmission from the late Rev. Katherine Thanas in 2010. Gene serves as one of the Practice Leaders of Santa Cruz Zen Center.

He also became a teacher for the Arcata Zen Group in 2013, with occasional forays to Hartford Street Zen Center and to Q***r Dharma at San Francisco Zen Center

Join us for zazen (seated meditation), with the talk to follow, we offer in-person distanced attendance for those vaccinated fully + 2 weeks with mask worn inside temple; We also will continue to offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. visit hszc.org for info on the Zoom gathering.

Photos from Hartford Street Zen Center - Issan-Ji Temple's post 09/03/2021

New zoom login details for Saturdays!

Our series of zoom meetings expired. Please note the new details by going to hszc.org

*** If not otherwise noted in our update section, Saturday Dharma talks will still occur outside guest speaker, and the Speaker will be our Abbot, Rev. Myō Lahey***

Thank you!

08/18/2021

28 August 2021 @ 10:25am – a talk offered by Rev. Daigan Gaither

Please join us for a way seeking mind talk offered by Rev. Daigan Gaither.

Daigan began Buddhist practice in 1995 as a Vipassana practitioner, and began to study Zen in 2003 with Ryushin Paul Haller. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 and Priest Ordination in 2011. His work and practice include many hours devoted to community service as one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (since 1995) and a volunteer caregiver with Zen Hospice Project (since 2003). He has spoken nationwide on s*x, s*xuality, q***r identity, and gender and has sat on a number of boards of community organizations serving marginalized communities. He has lectured at colleges as well as conferences and is featured in S*x, Sin and Zen by Brad Warner.

Please join us for this wonderful event!

Saturday mornings we offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. Login details on hszc.org — If you have a full series of vaccinations and can and do wear a mask while inside the temple you can also join us in-person.

*** If not otherwise noted in our update section on hszc.org , Saturday Dharma talks will still occur and the Speaker will be our Abbot Rev. Myō Lahey***

28 August 2021 @ 10:25am – a talk offered by Rev. Daigan Gaither

Please join us for a way seeking mind talk offered by Rev. Daigan Gaither.

Daigan began Buddhist practice in 1995 as a Vipassana practitioner, and began to study Zen in 2003 with Ryushin Paul Haller. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 and Priest Ordination in 2011. His work and practice include many hours devoted to community service as one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (since 1995) and a volunteer caregiver with Zen Hospice Project (since 2003). He has spoken nationwide on s*x, s*xuality, q***r identity, and gender and has sat on a number of boards of community organizations serving marginalized communities. He has lectured at colleges as well as conferences and is featured in S*x, Sin and Zen by Brad Warner.

Please join us for this wonderful event!

Saturday mornings we offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. Login details on hszc.org — If you have a full series of vaccinations and can and do wear a mask while inside the temple you can also join us in-person.

*** If not otherwise noted in our update section on hszc.org , Saturday Dharma talks will still occur and the Speaker will be our Abbot Rev. Myō Lahey***

08/07/2021

Guest Speaker Sat. 08/15 –Rev. Ryuei, Michael McCormick

Please join us on the 15th of August, Saturday morning for a Dharma talk by Rev. Ryuei, Michael McCormick, who was ordained to the Nichiren-shū (Lotus Sutra School) ministry in 2001 by Rev. Ryusho Matsuda, of the San Jose Nichiren Temple.

Rev. McCormick is also a long-time practitioner of zazen (seated meditation) and a student of the writings of Dōgen-zenji.

Saturday mornings we offer in-person distanced attendance for those vaccinated fully + 2 weeks with mask worn inside temple; We also will continue to offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. Please visit hszc.org for details on how to join us.

Guest Speaker Sat. 08/15 –Rev. Ryuei, Michael McCormick

Please join us on the 15th of August, Saturday morning for a Dharma talk by Rev. Ryuei, Michael McCormick, who was ordained to the Nichiren-shū (Lotus Sutra School) ministry in 2001 by Rev. Ryusho Matsuda, of the San Jose Nichiren Temple.

Rev. McCormick is also a long-time practitioner of zazen (seated meditation) and a student of the writings of Dōgen-zenji.

Saturday mornings we offer in-person distanced attendance for those vaccinated fully + 2 weeks with mask worn inside temple; We also will continue to offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. Please visit hszc.org for details on how to join us.

08/05/2021

Changing Covid 19 restrictions -

Please visit our current offerings page on hszc.org to stay abreast of the temple protocol.

Thank you, and we hope to see you soon and for health, safety and wellbeing to engulf the world in the near future.

https://hszc.org/2020/04/18/online-sangha/

Changing Covid 19 restrictions -

Please visit our current offerings page on hszc.org to stay abreast of the temple protocol.

Thank you, and we hope to see you soon and for health, safety and wellbeing to engulf the world in the near future.

https://hszc.org/2020/04/18/online-sangha/

07/27/2021

Guest Speaker: Sat. 7/31 – 10:25am – Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt

Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt is a Dharma Heir of the late Rev. Zenkei Blanche Hartman in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she began her meditation practice in the Insight tradition of Spirit Rock.

She is a founding member of the Buddhists of Color in 1998. Her Soto Zen training began at Tassajara monastery where she lived from 2002-2005, after which she practiced monastically in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Based at San Francisco Zen Center, Liên also teaches at East Bay Meditation Center and other Bay Area groups.

Saturday mornings we offer in-person distanced attendance for those vaccinated fully + 2 weeks; We also will continue to offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. Visit hszc for details to attend.

Guest Speaker: Sat. 7/31 – 10:25am – Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt

Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt is a Dharma Heir of the late Rev. Zenkei Blanche Hartman in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she began her meditation practice in the Insight tradition of Spirit Rock.

She is a founding member of the Buddhists of Color in 1998. Her Soto Zen training began at Tassajara monastery where she lived from 2002-2005, after which she practiced monastically in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Based at San Francisco Zen Center, Liên also teaches at East Bay Meditation Center and other Bay Area groups.

Saturday mornings we offer in-person distanced attendance for those vaccinated fully + 2 weeks; We also will continue to offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. Visit hszc for details to attend.

Buddhism and Gun Violence - Kimberly Bress (17 July 2021) 07/19/2021

Buddhism and Gun Violence - Kimberly Bress (17 July 2021)

Buddhism and Gun Violence - Kimberly Bress (17 July 2021) Chaplain Kimberly Bress discusses how her work with victims of gun violence in Washington D.C. relates to the teachings of Buddhism.

07/17/2021

Special Announcement about our Abbot - Myō - he begins a new decade!

We wanted to take a few moments to recognize and celebrate in our hearts & minds that our Abbot: Rev. Myō Lahey began a new decade of life devoted for much, maybe all in encouraging and teaching the Dharma. A very special congratulations to Myō and our gratitude for your loving guidance. - Happy Birthday! -

Here is a pre-Myō share, guess it's pre two decades?

Special Announcement about our Abbot - Myō - he begins a new decade!

We wanted to take a few moments to recognize and celebrate in our hearts & minds that our Abbot: Rev. Myō Lahey began a new decade of life devoted for much, maybe all in encouraging and teaching the Dharma. A very special congratulations to Myō and our gratitude for your loving guidance. - Happy Birthday! -

Here is a pre-Myō share, guess it's pre two decades?

07/11/2021

17 July Guest Speaker Kimberly Bress 10:25am

Kim is an artist organizer, community builder, radical inclusion specialist, deeply devoted Buddhist practitioner and soon to be ordained Zen Buddhist priest. She brings an interdisciplinary background in science and theology with a strong focus on justice, equity and community building.

With skills as a faith leader, a creative, a writer and a trailblazer, Kim has successfully implemented many projects that bring multiple faiths into conversation with one another towards healing and social justice. She trained for 8+ years as a Buddhist monastic and has extensive experience teaching meditation, designing and facilitating group dialogue, coaching, programming, and digital marketing.

Her strengths include storytelling, organizing for community power, managing teams, collaboration, thoughtful attention to detail, and creative thinking. She is an energetic and empathetic community builder and spiritual mentor.

Saturday mornings we offer in-person distanced attendance for those vaccinated fully + 2 weeks; We also will continue to offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing.
visit hszc.org for details

17 July Guest Speaker Kimberly Bress 10:25am

Kim is an artist organizer, community builder, radical inclusion specialist, deeply devoted Buddhist practitioner and soon to be ordained Zen Buddhist priest. She brings an interdisciplinary background in science and theology with a strong focus on justice, equity and community building.

With skills as a faith leader, a creative, a writer and a trailblazer, Kim has successfully implemented many projects that bring multiple faiths into conversation with one another towards healing and social justice. She trained for 8+ years as a Buddhist monastic and has extensive experience teaching meditation, designing and facilitating group dialogue, coaching, programming, and digital marketing.

Her strengths include storytelling, organizing for community power, managing teams, collaboration, thoughtful attention to detail, and creative thinking. She is an energetic and empathetic community builder and spiritual mentor.

Saturday mornings we offer in-person distanced attendance for those vaccinated fully + 2 weeks; We also will continue to offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 40 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:25am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing.
visit hszc.org for details

Photos from Hartford Street Zen Center - Issan-Ji Temple's post 07/08/2021

a Sōtōshu visit and a slight schedule adjustment for July 10

This Saturday we are excited to welcome clergy vising from the formal Sōtōshu to deliver materials for celebration of 100 years of Sōtō Zen in Northern America.

We will need to adjust our schedule a bit for their 10am arrival, just this upcoming Saturday back to our recently changed schedule of Zazen from 9:30am to 10am. A break for their visit and the the talk around 10:25am roughly.

Thank you for your flexibility so we can welcome these guests to help us celebrate the 100 year anniversary.

visit hszc.org for our zoom and new schedule we will resume next week.

https://www.sotozen.com/eng/what/index.html

07/02/2021

We will adjust the Saturday morning zazen back to 40 minutes. Please see our schedule post on hszc.org details

As usual if no guest speaker listed, the talk will be offered by Rev. Myō Lahey

And please have a great holiday!

Photos from Hartford Street Zen Center - Issan-Ji Temple's post 06/25/2021

Please celebrate who you are, where you've come from, who you are in this moment - in this breath, and the direction of who you will become in the next breaths.

Peace, Love, and Equality in celebration of your rare gift of your human life. Your life is a gift to you and you are a gift to the world. Let your light illuminate the world this joy filled weekend and always!

06/19/2021

Please have a fulfilling Juneteenth, celebrating progress towards equality.

Please have a fulfilling Juneteenth, celebrating progress towards equality.

Photos from Hartford Street Zen Center - Issan-Ji Temple's post 06/18/2021

Wishing you all a very happy Pride this month!

From our temple who has long been a refuge and celebration space for the LGBTQ+ community bowing deeply to our differences and need to have equality, Happy Pride! The Hartford Street Zen Center, temple name Issan-ji, mountain name Myō shū zan in 1981 as a space acquired for a Gay Buddhist club on the day of Buddha’s enlightenment, inaugurated the new zendo in the basement, and the Hartford Street Zen Center began to form to serve its community including our allies.

Issan-ji was in the middle, beginning in the 1980s, of a health crisis that swept through and devastated the Castro district community. In 1987 the group opened the Maitri Hospice for those dying of AIDS. And now we have so many years later carried through a pandemic and began reopening our doors again to the community that continues to make our place in our society, one breath at a time.

Please find a safe and joy-filled way to celebrate this time in recognition of where we have been and where we are going, carrying the love of those we lost on our continued interconnected existence. May your life be filled with love and great joy tempered in equanimity regardless of your identity and any societal label you accept or decline, embracing the way with body, speech and mind.

Happiest LGBTQ+ Pride to you as we carry forward this ancient, vital, necessary and still very relevant way.

06/06/2021

12 June 2021 @ 10:15am – Guest Speaker Rev. Kodo Conlin

Kodo Conlin is a priest, training at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center. Coming into the practice of sitting in 2006, and ordaining in 2015, Kodo’s orientation in the Dharma is deeply informed by long-term, intensive retreat practice at Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center, Spirit Rock, and two years in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Kodo is also a member of the Right Use of Power Teachers Guild. He speaks in Marin at Spirit Rock’s Family Programs, and in San Francisco at Young Urban Zen. Kodo is passionate about deeply realizing the Dharma and sharing the joy of practice.

Saturday mornings we offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 30 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:15am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. Please visit hzc.org for info on joining Zoom gathering.

*** If not otherwise noted in our update section on hszc.org or stated here on fb, Saturday Dharma talks will still occur and the Speaker will be our Abbot Rev. Myō Lahey***

12 June 2021 @ 10:15am – Guest Speaker Rev. Kodo Conlin

Kodo Conlin is a priest, training at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center. Coming into the practice of sitting in 2006, and ordaining in 2015, Kodo’s orientation in the Dharma is deeply informed by long-term, intensive retreat practice at Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center, Spirit Rock, and two years in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Kodo is also a member of the Right Use of Power Teachers Guild. He speaks in Marin at Spirit Rock’s Family Programs, and in San Francisco at Young Urban Zen. Kodo is passionate about deeply realizing the Dharma and sharing the joy of practice.

Saturday mornings we offer a Zoom web conferencing for video and/or audio presence for the scheduled events. 9:30 zazen (you can log into the conference starting at 9am to socialize) for 30 minutes and a Dharma talk at 10:15am, followed by Q&A as well as an opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. Please visit hzc.org for info on joining Zoom gathering.

*** If not otherwise noted in our update section on hszc.org or stated here on fb, Saturday Dharma talks will still occur and the Speaker will be our Abbot Rev. Myō Lahey***

Our Story

Founded in 1980 by Rev. Issan Dorsey and the Gay Buddhist Club in a Victorian house in the Castro district, Hartford Street Zen Center is the organization responsible for Issan-ji (One Mountain Temple) Myo Zan, a neighborhood temple and residential practice center in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. The center was also the site of the Maitri AIDS Hospice in the 1990′s, which now separately manages its own facilities.

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57 Hartford St
San Francisco, CA
94114

General information

We have zazen (seated meditation) in the morning Mon-Sat and in the evening Mon-Fri, weekly Dharma talks on Saturday mornings, as well as community events and special ceremonies as the occasions arise. There are also various meditation groups which meet in our temple. We are available for weddings, baby blessings, memorial and funeral services, and coming-of-age ceremonies. HSZC is a 501 3c non profit. Your support iis greatly appreciated. Donations may be made through our website, www.hszc.org.

Opening Hours

Monday 6:30am - 7:45am
6pm - 7pm
Tuesday 6:30am - 7:45am
6pm - 7pm
Wednesday 6:30am - 7:45am
6pm - 7pm
Thursday 6:30am - 7:45am
6pm - 7pm
Friday 6:30am - 7:45am
6pm - 7pm
Saturday 6:30am - 7:30am
8:30am - 12pm
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