Zen Practice with Hoka Chris Fortin


Announcing the Fall 2018
Dharma Heart Zen / Lotus Sangha Practice Period

The Annual Practice Period begins Tuesday, September 25, 2018 and continues through Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Every fall we gather together to affirm and deepen our practice in an Annual Practice Period. It is an important event in the life of the sangha.

This year the practice period will include practitioners from both the Sebastopol Lotus Sangha (Tuesdays 5-6:30, Sebastopol ) and Dharma Heart Zen Sangha (Thursdays 10-11:30, Cotati ). And for the first time we will have a senior practitioner help lead the practice period as Shuso. You are invited to attend sittings in either and/or both sanghas. The practice period is open to women and men.

Regular Lotus Sangha Tuesday sittings and Dharma Heart Zen Sangha Thursday sittings continue for everyone regardless of whether you choose to participate in the practice period.

Click here for PDF with complete information on the Practice Period.

Click here for the application/commitment form. Forms are due by September 18.

Book Club: "Racial Inquiry and Dharma" continues in 2018 at Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA.

with Chris Fortin and Sarah Emerson

One Wednesday a month, ongoing.
Click here for complete information

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

Zen is the everyday practice of wholehearted living.

Turning and being turned in our living, awakening the heart of
practice, meeting ourselves and all beings with compassion
and kindness, we become true human beings.

We "shine one corner of the world." (Shunryu Suzuki Roshi,
from the Lotus Sutra)

Below left: Araivapa Canyon Women's Retreat, October 2014. Right:Buddha statue at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii

Chris at araivapa canyon retreat








"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 Projec

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 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


13th Annual Women's Retreat, Commonweal, Pt. Reyes Seashore, February 2018

lVeteran's Retreat 2018Veterans PATH one dayretreat at Green Gulch Farm, May 12, 201


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

Aravaipa Canyon. Chris leads Zen retreats here twice a year. See the calendar for more information.