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Shundo David Haye, Zen Priest
Elizabeth C.Nov 14, 2017Verified
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
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- 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.