Marin Zen Meditation

Our intention is to practice mindfulness and loving-kindness with our families, places of work, relationships and ourselves. We have been meditating and studying the dharma together for over twenty years. Marin Zen Meditation was founded in 1995 by Myōgen Steve Stücky, former Central Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. Our sangha is currently lead by Head Priest Koshin Christine Palmer. In 2020 leadership will be taken over by senior members.  Our weekly Monday evening program is a blend of zazen meditation, service dedicated to well-being and a dharma offering with free-flowing discussion. In addition to the Monday program, once a month we offer a Retreat Night. This is an evening of silence, sitting and walking meditation. Please join us whenever you like.

We are affiliated with a wide range of practice sanghas including Green Gulch Farm, San Francisco Zen Center and many smaller sanghas within the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Branching Streams. We offer meditation and support sangha within Zen Buddhist teachings.

If you have questions or to make arrangements for newcomer instruction , please contact Christine: palmerchristine5@gmail.com

Join us for Meditation, Dharma Study. Monday evenings. 6:45-8:30 p.m. Dominican University’s, Saint Catherine Benincasa Chapel, located in the Edgehill Mansion, 75 Magnolia Ave. San Rafael, CA


Our Dharma Leader

Koshin Christine Palmer
In 1993, Christine joined the small living room sitting group lead by Myōgen Steve Stücky.  She continued to practice with Steve and the sangha as it grew and became Dharma Eye Zen Center, a non-profit religious group in 1995. Christine has held many leadership positions within Dharma Eye including Ino, Tanto, and many board of director positions.  She received Jukai from Steve in 1997, was ordained in 2004, served as Shuso in 2010 and received Dharma Transmission in 2012.  She is a member of SZBA (Soto Zen Buddhist Association) and ZBST (Zen Buddhist Sewing Teachers.)  Christine was born in Yosemite, raised in Merced and graduated from UCSF’s School of Nursing. She worked as a maternity nurse with Kaiser San Francisco for 30 years.  She and her husband, Keith, live in Mill Valley where they raised three children.