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July Recess:
No Sunday Zen in July! Enjoy a July recess. We’ll see you again in August

August 4 Sunday Zen: With John Tarrant & Friends

August 8–11 Open Mind Retreat: With John Tarrant, Allison Atwill, & Tess Beasley

August 12 Zen Luminaries: Robert Hass in Conversation with Jon Joseph & Friends


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ZEN LUMINARIES: Jon Joseph in Conversation with Poet Robert Hass: On His Poetry, Japanese Haiku, and Working with Milosz

August 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $250


Join Jon Joseph and acclaimed poet Robert Hass for a conversation about the great Japanese Haiku masters, Hass’s poetry, and his twenty-five-year collaboration with the poet Czeslaw Milosz.

Reading a poem by Robert Hass is like stepping into the ocean when the temperature of the water is not much different from that of the air. You scarcely know, until you feel the undertow tug at you, that you have entered into another element.

—Poet Stanley Kunitz

Robert Hass was born in San Francisco in 1941 and grew up in San Rafael. In the midst of the 1950s Bay Area poetry scene, Hass entertained the idea of becoming a beatnik. He graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 1958. When the area became influenced by East Asian literary techniques, such as haiku, Hass took many of these influences up in his poetry.

Hass is the author of nine poetry collections, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. He served as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 1995 to 1997, and as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002.

Robert Hass is the Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California Berkeley.

source: Wikipedia, Library of Congress

Jon Joseph Roshi of San Mateo Zen and PZI created this series to support the hardworking innovators and shining voices of modern Zen: scholars, writers, poets, translators, activists, artists, teachers, and more.

All proceeds for each event, including teacher dana, go directly to the guest speaker. Event attendees are encouraged to give as generously as you are able, so we can offer deep thanks to Luminaries guests.

Our suggested donation is $10 for PZI Members and $12 for Non-Members, but the scale slides from zero depending on one’s ability to contribute. We also greatly appreciate Patrons, who help support the program with larger gifts of $50—250.



August 12
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $250
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