This Soto Zen temple is a wonderful intimate place for contemplation and to practice Zen Buddhism. Make sure to visit the garden behind the center. You can stop by on a Saturday for free meditation instruction at 8:30 am and stay for zazen at 9:25 am, a short dharma talk at 10:15 am and tea and cookies with the group, It has an amazing history. Hartford Street Zen Center was founded by Issan Tommy Dorsey whose life story is told in the book "Street Zen" by David Schneider (winner of the Tricycle Prize for Best Book on Buddhism in America). Issan, who served as the temple's first abbot, founded Maitri Hospice at Hartford Street Zen Center. The beat poet Zenshin Philip Whalen was the temple's third abbot. Whalen appears, in barely fictionalized form, as the character "Warren Coughlin" in Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, which includes an account of that reading.
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