The kind gesture of lending a ear, of listening, and encouragement.
Jan 9, 2017
Shundo helped make our day wonderful
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.
Calm in the eye of the storm.
Shundo emanates warmth, tranquility, and serenity; having him in our office to lead weekly meditations is like finding the eye of the storm. Often challenging to *make* the time to attend meditation, I had the awareness to realize those times where I absolutely couldn't attend were the times I needed it most.
The days where I do make the time to attend, I leave feeling centered and ready to gracefully handle whatever may come my way. Thank you, Shundo!
Jul 20, 2016
Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
Matthew and I asked Shundo to officiate our non-religious wedding ceremony which was held this past July 15th at the Rockefeller Lodge in San Pablo and it was a tremendous success! Shundo was extremely accommodating, calm, helpful and generous throughout the whole process.
My family is French so he was able to arrange to do part of the ceremony in my native language which was much appreciated. His French speaking skills are excellent!
In short, Shundo is a real gem and we highly recommend him to anyone looking for an outstanding officiant!
Matt & Mel
Mar 18, 2016
Shundo met us at the overlook point of the Golden Gate Bridge and married us in front of our children. It was small, intimate and very romantic. Thank you for making our day perfect Shundo.
Shundo officiated my wedding in 2014. He worked with my husband and myself to plan the ceremony and provided excellent guidance. We are both Soto Zen Buddhists and had a ceremony in that tradition. Shundo provided all the tools and instruments required for the ceremony, e.g. altar, candles, incense, bells, etc. The ceremony included chanting the Heart Sutra, the precepts, and our vows. Shundo was supportive, a great help and great friend. The ceremony was professional, formal and at the same time intimate and welcoming. The ceremony was very intimate and our guests felt included and remarked at how impressed they were with the entire wedding. Shundo was flexible and worked-well with others helping us to plan the event (photographers, caterers, etc) while at the same time ensuring that the ceremony maintained its correct forms and perspective. We had another friend, also a Zen priest, and Shundo was able to include him in the ceremony. We highly recommend him to officiate, particularly weddings in the Soto Zen tradition.
Shundo officiated my wedding in San Francisco in 2015. He worked with my husband and I to make sure the overall ceremony (based on traditional buddhist text) incorporated our voices and values, including our own vows. Shundo brought all that was needed, and helped arrange a small altar, candles, and bells. He looks the part of a zen priest, dressed in a full black robe, shaved head, and a nice english accent to boot. The ceremony was truly intimate, and Shundo was a solid and supportive presence throughout.
Can't say enough good things about Shundo! His meditation instruction has been instrumental in creating and maintaining my own daily mindfulness practice. This, in turn, has made me happier and more productive in busy SF life.
Shundo brings wisdom born of deep experience with his subject -- something you might expect in a Zen monk and priest. But better still, he's fun and approachable! Altogether, Shundo's experience, groundedness, and genuine warmth separate him from the pack.
Shundo is an amazing teacher and incredibly perceptive. His teachings are warm and he seems to know exactly how to provide guidance either through words or actions. If you have the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation, spiritual discussion, or simply a street side conversation with him, you will leave with a little more space in your heart and mind.
I've had the pleasure of studying under Shundo for 3 years now. His approach is very engaging and often helps me to see things from new perspectives, which I find extremely valuable.
I'm thrilled to see that he is offering his services to a larger market and excited for others to meet and work with him as well.
Shundo is an amazing teacher and a Zen Priest. I've studied with Shundo for over 4 years and have always found Shundo's approach insightful, down to earth and very engaging. If you have a chance to take Shundo's class or a workshop - do it!