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

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: 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 bookstore@sfzc.org.

Zenkei sees the book for the first time.

Zenkei sees the book for the first time.

Happy Zenkei

Happy Zenkei