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February 12, 2014

Saying Farewell: A Record of the Funeral for Myogen


The procession, presenting several ceremonial objects at the altar, such as Steve’s robes, bowls, staff and other items. His ashes were carried in around the neck of Linda Ruth Cutts, as shown here.
(All ceremony photos by Shundo David Haye.)

The funeral ceremony for Abbot Steve was held at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center on Sunday, February 9, at 3 pm. The two-hour ceremony was live streamed on the web and projected on screens for the overflow seating in Cloud Hall at Green Gulch and in the dining room at City Center—all while a steady downpour refreshed the land amid one of the most severe regional droughts on record. A reception afterward filled both the Green Gulch dining room and the Wheelwright Center. This post offers some records from the day honoring the memory of Myogen: read more…

January 8, 2014

Subtle Eye Blog for Myogen Steven Stücky

For a complete collection of information on Steve during his illness and after, visit The site contains reflections from Steve and his caregivers during his illness and information on related ceremonies, as well as many comments.


January 2, 2014

In Memoriam: Myogen Steve Stücky

Daitsu Myogen Steven Stücky (Great Pervading Subtle Eye; March 6, 1946 – December 31, 2013)

San Francisco Zen Center’s first central abbot, Myogen Steve Stücky, died shortly after 4:00 on the morning of December 31 at his home in Rohnert Park, California. He was 67. SteveStucky_RenshinBunce_withPhCredit_colorbalSince receiving a diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer in late September, he has been widely admired for courageously sharing publicly his ongoing personal process of living with terminal illness, first in a dharma talk titled “Gratitude,” given two days after receiving his diagnosis, and subsequently with posts on his Subtle Eye blog. His longtime emphasis on body practice—learning from and respecting the body—took on a particular poignancy in the months leading up to his death. As he said in his talk, “Each of us can do something, right up to the last moment.”
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August 27, 2012

Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony for Katherine Thanas

Katherine Thanas
A memorial ceremony to honor Karin Sobun / Katherine Thanas, and marking 100 days since her passing from this world, will be held at Green Gulch Farm on Sunday, September 30, at 3pm.

Founder of the Monterey Bay Zen Center and one of the original students of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Katherine died on June 24 at the age of 85.

For more information, please see:

July 18, 2012

Remembering David

David Coady as Benji

David Coady as Benji at Tassajara.
Photo: Renshin Bunce

An informal gathering to mark the one-year anniversary of David Coady’s death will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 5pm.

Sunday, July 22
5-7 p.m.
SF Zen Center Conference Center
308 Page Street
San Francisco

Anyone who knew David is welcome to attend.

Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky emailed members of the City Center sangha to say he’d be at Tassajara during the gathering. At Tassajara, they’ll be holding an anniversary memorial service on the 21st and an Oban ceremony the evening of the 22nd.

Abbot Steve continued:

As Patrick Arbore has reminded us, grieving is a life-long deepening of experience. All our lives are enriched by these ways we have to recognize that our connections with each other are already greater than our usual ideas of birth and death. Please enjoy each other’s company as you remember our friendship with the one we called “Coady.”

Please feel free to bring food, beverage, music, stories, photos, or other memorabilia that remind you of David.

June 27, 2012

“‘Farewell dear friend’ by David Chadwick”

Also at Sweeping Zen, David Chadwick — Suzuki roshi biographer and Zen priest — offers Katherine Thanas a loving farewell:

I met Katherine when she first came to sit and practice with Suzuki Roshi and the rest of us in 1967. She was older than many of us, late thirties, was quiet and curious. Katherine always questioned assumptions, not in a contrarian way, really sincerely. . . .

My agent and friend Michael Katz says he felt especially close to her, that she met everyone on level ground.

via Sweeping Zen: ‘Farewell dear friend’ by David Chadwick

June 27, 2012

“In loving memory of Katherine Sobun Thanas, Roshi”

Adam Tebbe at Sweeping Zen offers a thoughtful obituary for Katherine Thanas:

Kind. Considerate. Radiant. Playful. These are words people used to describe Katherine Sobun Thanas when I told them I’d be doing this piece on her. Katherine passed away at 9:45 this morning at the ripe age of 85, this after being hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz (having slipped in to a coma stemming from a serious head injury earlier in the week).

via Sweeping Zen: “In loving memory of Katherine Sobun Thanas, Roshi”

June 27, 2012

Sobun Katherine Thanas Died on June 24, 2012

Sobun Katherine Thanas, founder of the Monterey Bay Zen Center and student of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Zentatsu Baker Roshi, and Tenshin Reb Anderson, died on June 24 surrounded by loved ones and disciples, after sustaining a head injury that had left her in a coma.

March 22, 2012

Della Goertz Died on February 5, 2012

Mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Della was one of Suzuki Roshi’s early students at Sokoji Temple in San Francisco and lived in City Center’s 340 Page Street building for many years.

Della was an important member of the Zen Center community and will be missed.

Please see the announcement of Della’s death and comments on the announcement on the Sangha News blog.You are welcome to post comments in memory of Della here, too.

October 26, 2011

Services for David Coady in Quincy, MA

From The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts:

David J. Coady, 46, of San Francisco, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 21, 2011. . . .

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at United First Parish Church Unitarian (Church of the Presidents), at 1306 Hancock St., Quincy Center. Revs. Sheldon Bennett and James Ford will co-officiate. Friends of David and of his family are all welcome. Donations may be made in David’s name to the San Francisco Zen Center,

Read the full obituary: David J. Coady at

Our heartfelt condolences to David’s family and friends at this time.

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