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Chris is the founder and guiding teacher of Dharma Heart Zen and the Women's Lotus Sangha in Sonoma County. She is the guiding teacher at Sky Island Zen in Tucson, Arizona and a senior teacher in the Everyday Zen Foundation.

She co-founded Veteran's PATH, offering retreats and meditation and mindfulness practices for returning veterans, and currently offers retreats for Wildland Firefighters through San Francisco Zen Center.

She offers Jizo Bodhisattva ceremonies and trainings for those who have lost children and loved ones as well as Jizo Practice groups—"Journeying Through Grief and Change with Fearlessness" through San Francisco Zen Center.

Chris actively engages in Racial and Social Jusitce Dharma work. See monthly offering.

iPlease Contact Chris for more information about any of these programs or events..

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In-person and on Zoom

In-person meetings are in the chapel at the Community Church in Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol. Vaccinations and boosters required for in-person attendance.

For Zoom link contact Ellen Sherron.

Weekly: Thursdays 10-11:30 am PT. Hybrid--in-person and Zoom. Sitting, teaching and discussion. Suggested donation $15; no one is ever turned away.

Dharma Heart Zen/Lotus Sangha

Weekly: Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm PT. Hybrid: in-person and Zoom. For self-identified women.

In-person is in the chapel at the Community Church in Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. Sitting, teaching and discussion. Suggested donation $15; no one is ever turned away.

Bodhisattva Precepts Study Class

Ongoing: Second Tuesday of every month, 6:45-8:00pm PT, Hybrid in-person and Zoom format as circumstances allow. In-person is in the chapel at the Community Church in Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. Sitting, teaching and discussion. Suggested donation $15, no one is ever turned away.

Jukai Lay Initiation Ceremony at Lotus SanghaJukai Lay Initiation Ceremony at Lotus Sangha, August 2014


Everyday Zen Dialogs

Conversations about practicing in the world and cultivating compassion and wisdom in our everyday lives Please visit the Everyday Zen website for more information (click on "Programs" tab and then on "Everyday Zen Dialogs.") Sign up here to receive e-mail announcements of upcoming Dharma Dialogs.

Jizo Ceremony for Those Who Have Died

A ceremony of remembrance and letting go, with the intention of nurturing and tending both the beings who have died and the beings who continue to live. There are two offerings of the ceremony: one for children who have died and one for all those who have died.

Jizo Practice Groups, Trainings for Grief Professionals, through San Francisco Zen Center

In this time of difficulty and uncertainty, the archetype of Jizo Bodhisattva, an embodiment of fearlessness and great persistence, is a profound resource. Jizo vows to walk into the fires of suffering, and to accompany all beings across to the safety and equanimity of awakening.

Calling forth this spirit of creative and wholehearted engagement, we will deepen and stabilize our capacity to meet personal grief and loss and the collective grief of the global pandemic, racial violence and inequities, climate catastrophe, economic instability, societal and communal uncertainties.

The event is offered to deepen the qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva: unconditional love, great commitment, and unshakable fearlessness, in our practice and in the world. Our hope is that this offering will cultivate our individual and collective capacity to accept and engage with what is painful and difficult.


Meditation Retreats

Traditional extended Zen retreats of zazen with dharma lectures. An opportunity to return to silence and to awaken the truth of our hearts.



To study the self is to know the self.
To know the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be intimate with all things.
Dogen Zenji, Genjokoan

Dokusan / Practice Discussion

Dokusan is an integral part of Zen practice. It is sometimes called “meeting yourself”: we study, know and become intimate with ourselves and the whole world through relationship.

Dokusan is an opportunity to meet and establish a relationship with the guiding teacher. It provides a time to discuss and share what is happening in your practice and to bring questions and life concerns. 

Donations are gratefully acepted. If you are able to make a larger donation it will help others with fewer resources. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All donations are tax-deductible.

You can sign up at the meditation groups or contact Chris.

Dana - The Practice of Generosity

Dana (pronounced "dah-na") is a Pali word meaning generosity. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. The teachings are given freely, since they are considered priceless. Suggested donations and registration fees for retreats cover expenses. To allow the teacher to continue dharma work, support from practitioners is needed. There is always a dana basket present for contributions to help support the teacher and the dharma.

According to the Buddha, generosity, or sharing what we have, is one of the central pillars of a spiritual life. In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and acknowledge the inter-connectedness that we all share. The Buddha created a system to develop this quality of open-handedness whereby those who share the teachings are dependent on those who receive them.

It is the practice of dana that has kept the Buddhist tradition alive for more than 2,500 years in Asia. As this ancient teaching moves to the West, we hope to keep alive this joyful tradition. Thank you.

Checks can be made out to "Dharma Heart Zen" for a charitable tax deduction.