Shundo David Haye, Zen Priest
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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 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.