Lisa Hoffman has been a Zen Buddhist practitioner since 1995, and was ordained as a priest at San Francisco Zen Center in 2008 by Darlene Cohen, head priest, with Tony Patchell, of Russian River Zendo. Darlene passed away in 2011, and Lisa received dharma transmission from Tony in 2013. Lisa’s passion is bringing Zen and mindfulness into the world in a way that helps our real, everyday lives.
Lisa works with individual students, as well as giving dharma talks and leading retreats and mindfulness workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lisa founded the Women’s Heart Sangha, a community of mature women committed to living with awareness and compassion. One of two core teachers leading the San Francisco LGBT Sangha , a weekly sitting group, Lisa speaks on the fourth Monday of each month. She also has the privilege of officiating a variety of ceremonies, including weddings, funerals, and baby and house blessings.
As a coach and consultant to nonprofit organizations, Lisa integrates Zen and mindfulness in her work with individual and institutional clients. Her Mindfulness in the Workplace workshops include: Mindful Leadership; Communication in the Workplace; Relationships in the Workplace; The Zen of Meetings; Mindfully Managing Stress; and much more.
Lisa’s educational background includes priest training at the Russian River Zendo and San Francisco Zen Center, and advanced studies at the Shogaku Zen Institute. Her Shuso Ceremony, which sanctified Lisa’s formal teaching practice, was in March of 2008.