About Daigan Gaither

Resident Priest at San Francisco Zen Center. Friend to Zenkei Blanche Hartman and her family.

PHOTO: From Mary Morgan

Blanche came to my 60th birthday party (10 years ago), looking elegant
as ever.

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PHOTO: From John Renwick

tea w/ Hojo-san

On the occasion of my 30th birthday – I trudged over to City Center for morning zazen from Acceptance Place, a rehab halfway house in the outer mission.

I was really surprised when Blanche-sama tapped me on the shoulder and said “Dokusan.”

Settled across from her, I told her it was my 30th.  She jumped up, went into her and Lou’s place, and came back with chocolate covered strawberries. After we talked for a bit, she offered me a Jan Chozen Bays Jizo statue.

A few years back, I reminded her of the occasion and told her I had given the Jizo statue to my in-laws.  I sent it to them when my husband’s cousin lost her premature girl.  Later, when I visited – they immediately pointed out the statue in the top center of a glass case.  The second pregnancy was held to term, a boy – they were very happy.

The pause in the conversation reminded me of an earlier car ride with Blanche along Webster. NPR was talking about shady practices behind there being more boys than girls in China.  I exclaimed, “all the more girls for me to adopt.” A withering look stopped the conversation.

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PHOTO: From Judith Keenan

Zenkei Does Zazen at Pride

Zenkei Does Zazen at Pride

Here’s one for Pride. Blanche “sat” on the SFZC float in the Pride Parade the entire length of Market Street to Civic Center. She has always been my “sitting” hero! In this photo with Tova Green.

PHOTO: From Valerie Boquet

Blanche has been a long time friend and practitioner of the Tai Chi form the Swimming Dragon taught by Liping Zhu.
These photos were taken in April 2014 in the City Center.

Zenkei and Liping

Zenkei and Liping

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PHOTOS: From Soren Leaver

For me, Blanche’s greatest strength as a teacher is the way in which she weaves practice and Sangha. As this photo shows, she was never above the silliness of a summer parade!

Blanche during the Tassajara July Interdependence Day Parade.

Blanche during the Tassajara July Interdependence Day Parade.

Zenkei and Shosan Victoria Austin

Zenkei and Shosan Victoria Austin

PHOTO: Blanche and Trudy

Zenkei’s Daughter Trudy Hartman lives in Palo Alto with her husband and two children.   She visits two or three times a week and also checks in several times everyday.

Zenkei and Trudy 2014

Zenkei and Trudy 2014

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Deep Bows
Great Gratitude
Daigan Gaither

PHOTOS: From Tracy Cramer

Zenkei &Tracy Cramer April 1997 Tassajara

Zenkei &Tracy Cramer April 1997 Tassajara

Blanche, Lou and Others, mid 1990s, Tassajara

Blanche, Lou and Others, mid 1990s, Tassajara

Lou, mid 1990s, Tassajara

Lou, mid 1990s, Tassajara