May 12, 2016
A Letter from Blanche’s Family About Her Health

Dear Friends,

I am sure you have heard by now that Zenkei Blanche Hartman Roshi is in the hospital, and has been since her 90th birthday on Sunday May 8th. We wanted to give you an update and let you know that she is being well tended and cared for.

She has a bacterial infection which has become systemic (meaning not located in simply one place). There is some fluid in her lungs and she is being treated with a wide spectrum antibiotic and it is possible she will respond well and recover. As I am sure you are aware, when someone is elderly, things aren’t always simple. Right now we are in a “wait and see” spot until whatever is next.

The family is very involved, as are Daigan and Victoria. At this time we welcome all blessings and offerings made on Blanche’s behalf, and cards are always welcome. We do request no visitors at this time.

As things progress we will of course keep you updated as things change.

Deep Bows
Great Gratitude

The Hartman Family



  1. Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University/Shambhala

    Sending love to Blanche and her family–I will hold her in my practice.

  2. Julie Freiberg

    Dear Blanche,
    I am sending healing ch’i for you and all your family.
    I think of you often and remember our many times together.
    You will always and forever be my very first patient, the one who believed in me in my earliest days of Chinese Medicine (now 32 years ago).
    With love,

  3. Christine Palmer

    Dear Family,

    I hold Blanche in my heart. I see her hands and hear her ‘Well………..’
    With Love

  4. Karen Hamilton

    Dear Blanche,
    Your amazing practice of generosity and honesty continues to inspire. Thank you so much for ALL of it.
    Many bows to you,

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