Shuun Mitsuzen (Bright Shadow, Empty Source) Lou Hartman died on January 20 at 3:45 pm, surrounded by his wife of over sixty years, Zenkei Blanche Hartman, their children, a granddaughter, and great-granddaughter. Lou was a long-term resident, priest, and practitioner at all three San Francisco Zen Center locations. Blanche said that what many people remember and appreciate about Lou is his choice to live as a monk, not as a Zen teacher.
Lou’s Witnessed Cremation Ceremony will be on Thursday, January 27, at 2:30 pm at Pacific Interment in Emeryville. The date for his funeral is Sunday, March 13, 2 pm, officiated by Sojun Mel Weitsman at City Center. (Photo of Lou and Blanche Hartman by Renshin Bunce)