Lined up before the procession to the Buddha Hall, in the hallway outside the room where their teacher once lived, Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s dharma heirs carry the items that represent her: Seirin Barbara Kohn with her portrait; Kosho McCall with her ihai; Tony Patchell with the staff; Zenju Earthlyn Manuel with the book of Zenkei’s teaching that she edited, Seeds for a Boundless Life; Junsei Jana Drakka with her “sammotsu” transmission documents; Ryumon Baldoquin with her robe; Myozen Joan Amaral with her bowls; and Keiryu Liên Shutt with her whisk. Photo: Renshin Bunce (who was also part of the procession, carrying Zenkei’s pincushion).
Zenkei’s daughter Trudy Hartman speaks to the assembly. Photo: Shundo David Haye.
The dharma heirs in the courtyard afterwards: Seirin Barbara Kohn; Kosho McCall; Tony Patchell; Ryumon Baldoquin; Junsei Jana Drakka; Myozen Joan Amaral; Keiryu Liên Shutt; and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. Photo: Shundo David Haye.
Sojun Mel Weitsman with Myozen Joan Amaral. Junsei Jana Drakka can be seen behind Sojun. Photo: Shundo David Haye.
Edward Brown and Gib Robinson on the sidewalk outside SFZC after the funeral ceremony. Photo: Shundo David Haye.
The altar after the ceremony. On the right is a statue of Zenkei’s favorite bodhisattva, Samantabhadra. Photo: Shundo David Haye.