Zen Practice with Hoka Chris Fortin

How do we live with clarity and compassion in this beautiful and suffering world?

Zen is the everyday practice of wholehearted living.

Cultivating and living with intention and awareness gives birth to a fully lived life that embodies compassion, clear seeing, spontaneity and a spacious and all inclusive presence and joy. Practicing deeply, our heart and mind soften as we awaken to an intimate and alive interconnection with all beings.

Moving freely in the world with wholehearted intention, we become the authentic and true human being we always were. Kindness and compassion becomes our natural response.

NEWS: "Honoring the Path of the Warrior" program is featured in the February 2015 issue of Mindfulness magazine. Click here to read the article. This program was co-founded and is co-led by Chris.

Chris at araivapa canyon retreat
Araivapa Canyon Women's Retreat, October 2014
Led by Chris Fortin and Sue Moon


Chris Fortin
Hoka Soko

Zen Teacher

Sitting in the center of our lives, giving ourselves to body and breath, letting go beyond knowledge or knowing, we find a quiet confidence to not turn away from the one heart of the world. There is freedom and love here—for ourselves and for all beings.

My life and practice is dedicated to this wholehearted way of living. It is impossible to do this alone. Warm heart to warm heart we awaken along with everything. bio


"Chris Fortin is one of the remarkable ones. A person for whom caregiving and teaching are a natural expression of her life. She has a wealth of professional skills as a seasoned therapist, years of  study and dedicated practice as a Zen priest and the all important common sense that arrives with maturity. Chris has a bright and cultivated mind but she transmits her wisdom through an ever expanding, open heart. "

Frank Ostaseski
Founder, Metta Institue 
Co-Founder, Zen Hospice Project



Jukai (Lay Initiation) Ceremony, Lotus Sangha, Dharma Heart Zen, Aug 30, 2015