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October 17, 2016


FukuDen John Briggs Died on October 10

Lay ordained by Reb Anderson, FukuDen John Briggs was a regular practitioner at No Abode, Green Gulch Farm, Valley Streams Zen Sangha in Sacramento, and a resident at Tassajara in fall 2006 and 2010.

fukuden-john-briggsJohn was priest ordained by Edward Brown in 2012 and served as Head Student at Clear Water Zendo in 2015. John was introduced to Buddhism rather late in life and was devoted to sitting and the Bodhisattva way. He faced his illness with grace and courage.

A cremation ceremony attended by family and close friends was held on October 13, officiated by Rev. Mary Mocine of Clear Water Zendo. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, December 4,  2 – 4 pm at Sacramento Dharma Center, 3111 Wissemann Drive, Sacramento, CA 95826.

Those who wish to send condolences may send them to his wife:
Kaaren Briggs
2256 Markham Way
Sacramento CA 95818


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  1. jeff guidera
    Oct 20 2016

    John and I crossed paths in three separate organizations. I feel that I came to know him well. His calm disposition and generosity are exemplary. I miss you John.


    Jeff Guidera

  2. Scott Lowe
    Oct 20 2016

    I’m truly saddened to read of John’s passing. I first met John when we both attended a practice period at Green Gulch, which was led by Tenshin Roshi. Through those intense weeks in the zendo, classroom, and working in the fields and kitchen, we became fast friends. I very much enjoyed his company, his wit and sense of humor, his steadiness, his gentleness and innate kindness, and his devotion to practice. Though we have seen each other only occasionally over the years since that practice period, when we did meet it was as if we’d just stepped out of the zendo together.
    –Konen Scott Lowe

  3. Clement Spring
    Oct 20 2016

    “Good evening John” – I won’t soon forget our time together.
    – Clement Spring


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