January 31, 2012
Special Live Video Streams: Stepping Down & Mountain Seat Ceremonies

On February 11 and 12, San Francisco Zen Center will honor Ryushin Paul Haller as he steps down from his position as City Center Abbot and Kiku Christina Lehnherr as she steps up to become City Center Abbess.

While everyone in our wider sangha is welcome to attend, please bear in mind that space is limited at City Center. Most seats in the Buddha Hall will be reserved for those participating in the ceremonies.

To include both the near and wider sangha in these celebrations, both events will be live video streamed on SFZC’s channel at Livestream.

Stepping Down Ceremony: Saturday, February 11 at 5:00pm PST

Mountain Seat Ceremony: Sunday, February 12 at 3:30pm PST

Paul at Mtn Seat 2003

Ryushin at Mountain Seat 2003



Ryushin Paul Haller became co-abbot of SF Zen Center in 2003, and was named City Center Abbot in 2010 as part of the abbacy restructuring.








Kiku Christina Lehnherr

Kiku Christina Lehnherr



Kiku Christina Lehnherr served as City Center Tanto 2003-2006 and returns to City Center as she assumes the position of Abbess.








Also on live stream will be the Saturday, February 11, Dharma talk by Hoitsu Suzuki, the son of San Francisco Zen Center’s founding teacher, Shunryu Suzuki.

Note: The original announcement stated that these ceremonies are by invitation only. Our apologies. [2012-02-02]