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Shundo David Haye, Zen Priest
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Elizabeth C.Nov 14, 2017VerifiedDavid H.'s reply
Elizabeth told me that she had tried to add words to the review, but had been disconnected; her partner wrote this to me after the ceremony: "We are in gratitude for your presence in our intimate holy union. We are still riding on the high. We appreciated everything and loved your impromptu, presence, and connection to the depth of our time in the forest . Thank you for helping us navigate through and holding the ritual for us. It wouldn't be possible without you. You will be in our hearts."
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
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 & MelJul 20, 2016Verified
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.Mar 19, 2016Verified
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!Nov 14, 2016
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I would love to be able to offer all my services on a strictly donation basis, as is traditional for Buddhist teachers, but I also have to pay rent in San Francisco!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?For meditation, I will ascertain what style the person or group is most interested in, and will shape my instruction accordingly. I can accommodate for whatever setting is available, whether it be chairs around a conference table, traditional cushions, or taking a group outdoors to sit in the open air. ----- 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 seven years. I co-led Zen Center's Coming of Age program for seventh grade boys; co-founded and led the thriving Young Urban Zen group 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 ongoing 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 to teach meditation a couple of times a month.