Jisho Lisa Beth Hoffman

Jisho Lisa Beth Hoffman’s passion is bringing Zen and mindfulness into the world in a practical way that resonates in our real, everyday lives. She has been a Zen Buddhist practitioner since 1995. Ordained as a priest at San Francisco Zen Center in 2008 by the late Darlene Cohen, and Tony Patchell, Lisa received dharma transmission from Tony in 2013. 

As part of the Great Compassion Sangha she founded, Lisa leads classes, works with individual students, and leads retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area and online.  She is a teacher with San Francisco Zen Center, where she offers dharma talks, leads workshops, and is part of a team facilitating courses and workshops in the Transforming Depression and Anxiety program.  She founded and is now the consulting teacher for the Women's Heart Sangha, an intimate community of mature women committed to living with awareness and compassion.

Her Great Compassion Sangha is named after Darlene and Tony, whose dharma names are:  Great Spirit Manifesting Dharma, and Luminous Compassion Joyous Path. She is forever indebted to their generosity of heart, mind and spirit and committed to continuously and humbly fulfilling the dharma name she was given by Darlene: Compassion Song Buddha Heart/Mind.

As a coach, facilitator and consultant to the nonprofit community, Lisa integrates Zen and mindfulness in her work with people and organizations. 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 Zen education includes priest training at the Russian River Zendo and San Francisco Zen Center, and advanced studies at the Shogaku Zen Institute.

For more information about Lisa and her writing visit her website.