Shundo David Haye, Zen Priest

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.
  • Elizabeth C.

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    Nov 14, 2017Verified
  • Kate G.

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    Shundo officiated our wedding at City Hall in San Francisco. We spoke with him by phone (we were traveling), and then met with him prior to the day. He helped us think about how to structure our non-traditional wedding, provided helpful resources about vows, and crafted some lovely statements that opened and closed our ceremony. Our guests also commented on what a wonderful presence Shundo provided. His thoughtfulness and calm, kind and encouraging presence helped make our day everything we hoped it could be.

      Jan 9, 2017Verified

    About this pro

    I am a zen priest. I was ordained in 2009 and became a teacher in 2012. I bring to the table 15 years of residential zen practice, including five years of intense monastic practice at Tassajara, and many silent retreats. Now, I am bringing those years of experience out into the world to be of benefit to all beings. There are three main fields of expertise I offer on Thumbtack: I love the formal aspects of zen, but I also want to bring meditation to people who will never set foot in a temple. I teach at tech companies, start-ups, yoga studios, retreat centers, schools, colleges and the county jail. I enjoy introducing people to this transformative practice, in whichever style is most appropriate to their needs. My years of experience means that I know how to navigate the highs and lows of a meditation practice and can advise people on whatever they may encounter on the path. One of the most rewarding things I have been able to do as a priest is to conduct weddings for a number of couples, including same-sex couples, over the past few years. I would be happy to be an officiant for any couple who would like a Buddhist or non-denominational wedding ceremony. Much of my work as a teacher has been counseling people as a spiritual advisor. If you would like to meet with me one-on-one to discuss issues you might be having and how the wisdom of a zen approach might help you, please be in touch. Studying this practice has helped me to be present for each moment and each situation, so I can show up completely to what and who is in front of me. The three fields I offer are all about changing your life for the better, and it always feels amazing to be able to offer people opportunities to do that.

    Years in business

    3

    Times hired on Thumbtack

    5

    Background check

    Completed

    Website

    shundo.org
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      Q & A

      • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
        For meditation, I will ascertain what style the person is most interested in, and will shape my instruction accordingly. ----- For weddings, meeting the couple ahead of time to get a sense of who they are and how they relate to each other is a valuable step. I am happy to advise on setting up a ceremony and helping to write the vows if that is needed.
      • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
        I have fifteen years of residential zen training at San Francisco Zen Center, including five years of intense monastic training at Tassajara, and many silent retreats. Important steps on the path have been ordaining as a priest in 2009, and training as head monk in 2012. ----- I have been leading groups and teaching for more than six years. I co-led Zen Center's Coming of Age program for seventh grade boys; co-founded and led the Young Urban Zen at Zen Center. I have given talks to groups ranging from four people to more than a hundred, have taught workshops at Zen Center, Green Gulch, Tassajara, Santa Cruz and in England on regular visits; I have met with many students individually as well as in groups. ----- More recently I have been leading regular groups and offering one-off sessions at various tech companies, start-up spaces, colleges, high schools and middle schools, yoga studios, retreat centers and the county jail, where I volunteer a couple of times a month.
      • How did you get started doing this type of work?
        I loved zen from my earliest days of practice, and as the years went by came to realize that I wanted to be able to share the benefits and joys of it with others. Ordaining as a priest was a natural step for me to take. As a wedding officiant, my first few ceremonies were for friends, and friends of friends.

      Business hours

      Pacific Time Zone
      Sunday7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
      Monday7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
      TuesdayClosed
      WednesdayClosed
      ThursdayClosed
      Friday7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
      Saturday7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
      Coverage Area for Shundo David Haye, Zen Priest is about 30+ miles of San Francisco, CA.