A Book Reading of Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s Seeds for a Boundless Life

Friday, October 16, at 7:30 pm
City Center

Join us for an evening celebrating the teaching of Senior Dharma Teacher Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Zenkei’s dharma heirs, fellow teachers, students and friends will read passages from her book Seeds for a Boundless Life, where her clear transmission of Dharma comes through in a voice that few others can render.

BoundlessLife_cov_r1-1_600Read More about the Event

In a touching post on the Boundless Life blog, the editor of the book, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, describes her personal experience of working on the project and what she has learned from her teacher. She says, “Many times I cried in the middle of her talks because it was just what I needed to hear at the time.” Zenju is a dharma heir of Zenkei’s whose transmission will be completed early next year.

Read Zenju’s Post

You’ll also want to see this excerpt from her book that was republished by Tricycle magazine, in which Zenkei describes an example of beginner’s mind in a child she encountered.

I think of beginner’s mind as the mind that faces life like a small child, full of curiosity and wonder and amazement. “I wonder what this is?…”

Read Excerpt

For more information about this book, see its info page on Or find it in Zen Center’s libraries and bookstores.


Book Excerpt Published in Tricycle Magazine

BoundlessLife_cov_r1-1_600This is our work. Just to be here, ready to meet whatever is next without expectation or prejudice or preconceptions. Just ‘What is it? What is this, I wonder?’

So please, cultivate your beginner’s mind. Be willing not to be an expert. Be willing not to know. Not knowing is nearest. Not knowing is most intimate.

—Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Seeds for a Boundless Life

Yesterday, Tricycle magazine published a longer, article-length excerpt from Zenkei’s new book online: read full excerpt.

The recently released Seeds for a Boundless Life is now available at the Zen Center bookstores, or can be ordered online (visit Shambhala Publications).

Photos Updates

While going through cards

Zenkei Sewing
Zenkei Sewing

While going through the cards and emails today, Blanche hands me one and says, “If anyone asks for a short word on what I tried to do in my practice, this is it.”  She then asked me to put the card up on her wall.

It said:

Our practice is to live our daily life in such a way that every moment, ever act, becomes an act of love.  ~~ Thich Nhat Hanh

[Zenkei added: “Or loving-kindness”]