Zenkei Blanche Hartman

She began to practise Zen in 1969 at the san Francisco Zen Center in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi. In 1977 she was ordained as a zen monk by Zentatsu Baker Roshi (Suzuki Roshi's Dharma heir) and in 1988 received the Dharma Transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman. From 1996 to 2003 she served as co-abbess of the San Francisco Zen Center where she was also the most important teacher of kesa sewing. Zenkei Roshi Blanche Hartmann died peacefully in 2016 at the age of 90.