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Shundo David Haye, Zen Priest
Shundo David Haye, Zen Priest

Shundo David Haye, Zen Priest

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Introduction: 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: Conducting weddings is one of the most rewarding things I have done as a priest, starting with friends and acquaintances, and now on Thumbtack. I have been very happy to be involved with a number of multi-cultural and same-sex weddings. I would be happy to be an officiant for any couple who would like a Buddhist or non-denominational wedding ceremony. 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. 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.

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Mariliis H.

Wedding Officiant

I cannot find words how grateful we are to Shundo for conducting our online wedding ceremony over Zoom! Everyone loved (+250 people around the globe) the simple and beautiful buddhist ceremony, many saying that it was one of the most memorable weddings they have ever attended. It was truly amazing to work with Shundo, everything went very smoothly and ended up filling our special day with so much love and joy. Highly recommend!
May 26, 2020
Mike F.

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.
Dec 21, 2015
Keyao S.

Wedding Officiant

Shundo officiated our small and romantic wedding in May, 2019. We spoke via FaceTime a month prior to the wedding. We discussed the time and location, and shared our stories with him. He then helped us finalize the wedding process including vows and other details such as what he would wear. After the wedding, he kindly took care of everything of the marriage certificate. We appreciate his patience and thoughtfulness very much, and would definitely recommend him as a wedding officiant!
May 27, 2019
Kate G.

Wedding Officiant

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, 2017
Maggie C.

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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David Haye


  • 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 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. 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.

  • 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 almost ten 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 tech companies, start-up spaces, colleges, high schools and middle schools, yoga studios, retreat centers and the county jail, where I volunteered to teach meditation a couple of times a month.

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