Incense offering
Incense offering, retreat center


Bruce Fortin began studying Zen at San Francisco Zen Center in 1971 and was ordained as a priest in 1976. He spent thirteen years as a resident in Zen Center’s three monastic practice places: Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center’s City Center, and has received Dharma Transmission to teach from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. In addition to studying Zen he has studied with teachers in the Tibetan and Vipassana traditions and his teachings reflect their influence.

Bruce’s work experience in the world includes serving as Executive Director of Home Hospice of Sonoma County for a number of years. In addition to being a Buddhist teacher, he has a private practice in Sonoma County where he practices mediation law and psychotherapy with a specialty in relationship counseling and transpersonal psychology.  (See

Bruce on a trip to Alaska

He has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations and  currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Zen Center. He also teaches a meditation group at the county jail that gives him immeasurable rewards. He is a husband and a father and enjoys gardening and camping.

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