Blanche Hartman

Blanche Hartman

Zenkei Blanche Hartman (1926-2016) was a Senior Dharma Teacher and the first woman Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center.

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How Meditation Saved My Mind

Sometimes we’re committed to our meditation practice and sometimes we drift away. No matter what, Matthew Kohut believes we can always find our way home to the cushion.

Just to Be Alive Is Enough

There is no greater gift than to be grateful for our lives, says the late Zen teacher Blanche Hartman, and gratitude leads naturally to generosity, because we want to share this gift with others.

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This Life, Which is Wonderful and Evanescent

Blanche Hartman explains one of the Buddha's most significant teachings—impermanence—and discusses how it can bring great happiness.

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Good Evening, Bodhisattvas

Zenkei Blanche Hartman reflects on “The Great Matter” that has driven and sustained her.

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How do I know if I’m having a moment of realization?

The teachers are asked "How do I know if I’m having a moment of realization or if I’m just deluding myself (still in ego)?"

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Am I doing myself a disservice by practicing Buddhism without a guru?

The teachers are asked about practicing without a guru, following the death of a teacher.

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Why do so many Buddhists eat meat and wear fur?

The teachers are asked why so many buddhists still eat meat and wear leather or fur.

Living a Life of Vow

"Being at home right here in this body," says Blanche Hartman, "this is living a life of vow."