Chris Fortin
Hoka Soko, "Dharma Flower, Ancestral Devotion"

Chris Fortin is a Soto Zen priest and teacher. She began practicing Buddhism in 1976 while living at the San Francisco Zen Center. After many years of practice she received Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer of Everyday Zen, in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Chris established Dharma Heart Zen to share the path of wholehearted living and awakening with others. She leads the Dharma Heart Zen Sangha in Cotati and the Woman’s Lotus Sangha in Sebastopol. She practices and teaches in the Everyday Zen community as well as at SFZC. She is guiding teacher of Sky Island Zen in Tuscon Arizona, and leads retreats and workshops throughout the country.  She is the co- founder of Veterans PATH (formerly Honoring the Path of the Warrior), offering retreats and meditation and mindfulness practices for returning veterans. She offers Jizo Bodhisattva trainings and ceremonies for those who have lost children and loved ones.

Please see the Dharma Offerings page for more information about these events.

Birth and Death is serious business
Swiftly passing, gone
Wake up everyone!
Don’t waste this life.

Chris hears what you say with her heart as well as her ears, and she holds it gently. She honors and responds to the particular in each person at the same time that she constantly brings forward the big picture, reminding us that we are already beautiful and perfect. Her laugh is contagious, her smile infectious, and her concern for others deepens us all. I am moved by her commitment to creating community, working with Vets, and to women's empowerment. It's clear that meeting other human beings heart to heart is her true vocation and her great joy. She's a wonderful gardener, and flowers bloom bright in her care.

Sue Moon, writer, lay Zen teacher, co-editor of "Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women" (2013)

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