Message From Blanche

“I am deeply touched by the outpouring of affection from my Dharma brothers and sisters. It is certainly reciprocated.”

Zenkei Blanche Hartman

By Daigan Gaither

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

2 replies on “Message From Blanche”

Blanche was a co-abess at Green Gulch when i began my practice many years ago. Her husband Lou was always my favorite person at the Zen Center. He was so simple, humble and positive. Just a monk:and the perfect embodiment of a monk i always thought. They were both a huge inspiration for me. After Lou passed I attended a dharma talk by Blanche Hartman at the Zen Center and she told a story about when she and Lou were younger and separated, one on the East Coast, the other on the West Coast and they had both started sitting zazen without telling one another. To me they had always been the epitome of a truly blessed and wonderful couple, somehow not two but one and this story confirmed that. Blanche is the bravest, most beautiful woman I know and I love her dearly.

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