About Daigan Gaither

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

PHOTOS: More from Renshin Bunce

Blanche with Sewing heirs Cynthia Gair and Renshin

Blanche with Sewing heirs Cynthia Gair and Renshin

Tova, Michael Wenger, Tony Patchel, Blanche, Renshin, Darlene Cohen,

Tova Green, Michael Wenger, Tony Patchel, Blanche, Renshin, Darlene Cohen, Dec 2000

Tassajara

Tassajara

Every morning at Tassajara when we left the zendo after breakfast, Blanche would stand to review the day with the Tanto and the Shuso.  The sight was an indelible part of Tassajara life.  Here she is with Maiya Wender and Ingen Breen.

Robed Blanche

Blanche in her most formal Okesa

Blanche and Renshin Tasssajara

Blanche and Renshin Tasssajara

At the end of the Fall 2001 practice period at Tassajara with Renshin Bunce, in the background are Dennis O’Reilly, Lantz Warrick and Tanto Myo Lahey.

Blanche and Lou

Blanche and Lou

Ahhhh Resting

Ahhhh Resting

Blanche at the end of the Women in Buddhism conference held at City Center in 1999 or 2000.  This was one of Lou’s favorite pictures, as it showed both the formality and the relaxation of our practice.

Photos: From Renshin Bunce

Blanche from Above

Rehab Place #3

Rehab Place #3 April 2015

Misha Merrill and Zenkei, March 2015

Misha Merrill and Zenkei, March 2015

Renshin's Favorite

Renshin’s Favorite Tassajara Fall 2000

 

Blanche and Lou Tassajara 2000

Blanche and Lou Tassajara 2000

Ron, Blanche, Renshin

Ron, Blanche, Renshin

Lunch

Lunch July 2014

Rehab Place #2

Rehab Place #2 April 2015

Christina and Blanche

Christina and Blanche

Rehab Place #1

Rehab Place #1 April 2015

Blanche's Hands

Blanche’s Hands

Mary Mocine and Blanche

Mary Mocine and Blanche April 2014

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PHOTO: Zenkei Sees Her Book

Today I had the privilege of taking the first two copies of Zenkei’s soon to be released book to her.  As you can see from the photos she was thrilled.  Thank you to Zenju Earthlyn Manuel for putting such effort into making sure Blanche could touch and see her book.  You can pre-order your copies through the Zen Center Bookstore at [email protected].

Zenkei sees the book for the first time.

Zenkei sees the book for the first time.

Happy Zenkei

Happy Zenkei

Photo From Judith Keenan

Blanche’s spirituality and her politics: Not one, not two.

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While going through cards

Zenkei Sewing

Zenkei Sewing

While going through the cards and emails today, Blanche hands me one and says, “If anyone asks for a short word on what I tried to do in my practice, this is it.”  She then asked me to put the card up on her wall.

It said:

Our practice is to live our daily life in such a way that every moment, ever act, becomes an act of love.  ~~ Thich Nhat Hanh

[Zenkei added: “Or loving-kindness”]

Update 6/19/15

Hello Friends,

Yesterday,  I shared the entire list of folks wanting to see Blanche with her, she expressed how grateful she feels for all of the love and support. She is also saddened that she can’t muster the strength to visit with everyone who would like to visit. Blanche continues to ask for folks to please understand that even though you are all very precious she just can’t see people at this time.

I Bring all cards, emails and comments here to Blanche everyday.  She is so thankful for all of the love and appreciation you direct towards her.  Please do continue to reach out in this way.

Blanche continues to be extremely low energetically,  but quite conscious and  her family, and Zen Center continue to work to support her choices and decisions.  There is nothing new to report, but we all also wanted to express our gratitude for your support during this time.

Deep Bows
Great Gratitude
Daigan

PHOTOS: From Misha Merrill

Zenkei and Okusan (Suzuki Roshi's wife)

Zenkei and Okusan (Suzuki Roshi’s wife)

I just found this lovely photo of Blanche and Chitose-san (Hoitsu’s wife).  I believe this was taken about 7 years ago when Kannon Do Zen Center had its official opening for the new temple, and Hoitsu-sama came as the most honored guest.

More from Zenju

 I had collected these during the book project hoping they might put them in. But no.

Blanche & Lou Wed

Blanche & Lou Wed

Blanche over the years

Blanche over the years

Blanche's Smile

Blanche’s Smile

Blanche Marching

Blanche Marching