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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.