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