What Does it Mean to Help? – A Dharma Talk by Visiting Teacher Renshin Bunce

Saturday, August 15th at 10am in AZC's Online Zendo

Renshin with Zenkei Blanche Roshi

All are welcome to join us for a Dharma Talk offered by Rev. Renshin Bunce, a Sōtō Zen Buddhist priest who forged a path of service as a hospice chaplain after years of residential Zen training at San Francisco Zen Center City Center & Tassajara. Renshin will be speaking on her new book, Love and Fear: Stories from a Hospice Chaplain: a series of stories about people she has met while she learns that every death is different, and there are no universal rules or easy answers in hospice care. Through the telling of these stories Renshin shows what’s possible, allowing the reader to learn along with her as she continues to ask, What am I supposed to do? What is help? What is it to be human?



Join the AZC Online Sangha and Rev. Renshin Bunce for her Dharma talk in AZC’s Online Zendo, and please support the Austin Zen Center & our Visiting Teachers!


About Renshin Bunce: A California native, Renshin Bunce began her meditation practice in midlife years, propelled by yearning for a peaceful mind. In 1994 she met her first teacher, Myōgen Steve Stücky, and received lay ordination with him at Dharma Eye Zen Center in 1996. In 2002 Renshin moved to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center monastery where she lived and practiced for three years. In 2003 she received priest ordination from Zenkei Blanche Hartman, returned to Tassajara in 2008 to be Shuso (head student) with Myōgen, and received dharma transmission from him in 2013 shortly before he passed away from pancreatic cancer. In 2014 Renshin published an account of her journey of home-leaving in a Tassajara memoir: Entering the Monastery.

Renshin began training as a chaplain at the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training in Redwood City in 2007 and has been employed as a hospice chaplain since 2010. She is also a sewing teacher and photographer who has been beautifully capturing the ceremonial and sangha life at all three San Francisco Zen Center temples for decades. Many of her photos may be seen HERE.