I lived at San Francisco Zen Center for seven years, and have worked as a hospice chaplain for eight. Because of that training and experience, I can offer:
Sewing Buddha's Robe
As Soto Zen spreads across the country, students find themselves instructed to sew rakusus or even okesas without access to a sewing teacher. Zenkei Blanche Hartman and I sewed together for ten years, and she kindly recognized me as her sewing dharma heir. This practice is conveyed warm hand to warm hand, and it is my pleasure to continue in Blanche’s tradition. I can help from a distance, and am also available to travel to help sanghas with sewing practice.
Weddings and Funerals
Ritual can serve to increase our joy or lessen our sorrow. It doesn’t have to be religious, yet it still must invoke the sacred.
Creating and performing funerals is a particular skill I’ve developed through the years of my work in chaplaincy. Whether you’re looking for an event to honor the one who’s died with no religious overtones, or you want a formal Buddhist ceremony with robes, incense, and chanting, I can work with you in creating and performing a funeral or memorial service.
As a priest, I’m authorized to perform weddings, and it is my pleasure to continue that practice.
Sewing Buddha’s Robe and Rituals are offered on a sliding scale. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org