Zenkei Blanche Hartman


Photo: Renshin Bunce

Blanche Hartman / Shunbo Zenkei
Spring Full Moon, Inconceivable Joy
May 8, 1926 – May 13, 2016

Zenkei Blanche Hartman died peacefully at 12:30am the morning of May 13 at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco surrounded by her family. She was 90 years and five days old. All three Zen Center temples rang the densho bell 108 times and held ceremonies to acknowledge her passing over. Blanche’s body rested in the Buddha Hall at City Center for three days, according to her wishes, and her family, students, and friends came to sit with her, day and night. She was cremated on May  17 in a small private ceremony.

Funeral Ceremony

Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 10 am
Beginner’s Mind Temple
300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA

Sojun Mel Weitsman, Eijun Linda Cutts, and Rinso Ed Sattizahn will officiate at the ceremony.

The event will be Livestreamed.

From Cynthia Gair

From Cynthia Gair

A Trip to Japan In 1998, Blanche and 16 other American Zen teachers and practitioners spent over a month in Japan. We practiced everyday Zen at...

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From Hilda Ramos

From Hilda Ramos

I took this at the City Center New Years eve/ day fire in 2014.  Blanche stayed up all night, we were burning tenken reports.  And it's even more...

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