Issue 17;

Shundo David Hayes


A retreat with Shundo David Haye - May 19-20 non residential

By Francis Checkley

Shundo David Haye has kindly accepted to lead a retreat in Totnes.

Shundo is an ordained priest at San Francisco Zen Center, currently serving as ino, head of the meditation hall. He is very excited to have the opportunity to lead a retreat in his native land and to connect with the sangha in Totnes. During the retreat we will examine together some of the themes of Dogen's Tenzokyokun, Instructions to the Cook. (starting at p33), and how words written for the monastic community in Japan almost 800 years ago are still relevant to us as we live our lives today.

Venue: The Oak room at the Natural Totnes health Centre

Dates: May 19-20 non residential, bring your own lunch or favorite teas. There are tea facilities, but no oven for warming up meals.
- Please bring your own cushion and a blanket if at all possible.
Time: suggested arrival 09:30 so that we can start at 10:00 to 18:00
Price: £15.00 per day or £25.00 for 2 days. (That is a concessionary rate) If you can spare more, please offer a higher amount to facilitate further events. Teacher dana (donations) are normal in addition to the retreat fee.

Capacity max 25 so please book early. email: phone: 01803 866735

More about Shundo David Haye:

Shundo David Haye left England for San Francisco in 2000 and has spent almost all of the last twelve years living residentially at San Francisco Zen Center, including a total of four years at Tassajara. He was lay ordained in 2004, and ordained as a priest in 2009 by former Abbot Ryushin Paul Haller. He has held various staff positions at Zen Center, including work leader, tenzo (head of the kitchen) and for the past two years has been ino (head of the meditation hall) at City Center in San Francisco. He currently maintains the Ino's Blog (, and apart from practice, loves to ride bikes and take photographs.

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