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June 13, 2017

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Ashes Ceremony for Zenkei Blanche Hartman

At Green Gulch Farm, Sunday, July 9, 2017, at 2:30 pm

Family, close friends, and students of Zenkei Blanche Hartman will gather in the Green Gulch Farm garden herb circle to mingle a portion of her ashes with those of her husband Lou. A more formal ceremony interring her remaining ashes at the Abbatial Memorial site at Tassajara will be held at some point in the future.

The ceremony at Green Gulch Farm will include the recitation of one of Blanche and Lou’s favorite sutras, the “Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo,” to honor the enduring gifts of Blanche’s life, and of her and Lou’s life together. They chanted this sutra together every day after breakfast at City Center, dedicating its positive energy for the well-being of friends, family members, and Zen practitioners who were ill or needed help and support.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at 2:30 pm. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ggfabbessassist@sfzc.org.

 

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  1. Rob Wall
    Jul 18 2017

    I met Blanche though my friendship with Joan Myozen Amaral. I did not know Blanche or much if any of her background other than she was Joan’s teacher and friend, and Joan wanted me to meet her. I spent a portion of a summer afternoon sitting alone on a back deck of the home where Blanche was visiting. We shared some food and had a wide-ranging conversation the details of which are unimportant. But what I carry now, with much gratitude, is an impression: her unassuming, undivided attention that held us both ‘suspended in the air’.

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