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

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

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 From Judith Keenan

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

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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

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 Rinso-in, Suzuki Roshi’s home temple. Blanche, along with two of her students, also traveled to Anteiji, a remote monastery where her dear Joshin-san had lived. Here are a few photos from that wonderful journey.

 

Arrival - Tokyo Airport

Arrival – Tokyo Airport

Mel & Blanche walk into Yaizu from Rinso-in

Mel & Blanche walk into Yaizu from Rinso-in

Blanche & Friends, Rinso-in festival day

Blanche & Friends, Rinso-in festival day

Cathleen & Blanche, Rinso-in's Waffle Zen Center

Cathleen & Blanche, Rinso-in’s Waffle Zen Center

Takuhatsuk Preparations, Rinso-in

Takuhatsuk Preparations, Rinso-in

Monks in Yaizu, eating ice cream

Monks in Yaizu, eating ice cream

On the train to Anteiji, 1998

On the train to Anteiji, 1998

Blanche & Cynthia, Anteiji 1998

Blanche & Cynthia, Anteiji 1998

Walking, Anteiji, 1998

Walking, Anteiji, 1998

Honoring Joshin-san, Anteiji 1998

Honoring Joshin-san, Anteiji 1998