Jana Drakka died on Friday October
27th, 2017 just a few days after her 65th birthday
Gengetsu Junsei Jana Drakka / Mysterious Moon, Pure Spirit
October 21, 1952 – October 28, 2017
Funeral Ceremony – Friday, December 15, 2017, 4 pm
Hosshinji – Beginner’s Mind Temple
San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center, 300 Page Street, SF
For more information, call 415.863.3136.
Funeral Ceremony Program (Will be available at the ceremony.)
There is an accessible entrance.
The event will be Livestreamed to accommodate those who are not able to attend.
the above from SFZC.org
Jana's Facebook page
Jikoji page for Jana
Youtube interview on street practice
Lost Americans - Jana Drakka on Vimeo interview
Buddhist Priest Opens Trans Stage at San Francisco Pride (2008) -
Jana Drakka in hospice
1-03-09 - Happy New Year to Jana
Drakka. Check out
this latest article on the work she does in the Tenderloin of SF from
the San Francisco Street Sheet.
a message from Jana Drakka:
Dear Friends, I’m
writing to share some exciting news. I’m moving my homeless ministry from
San Francisco Zen Center out into the Tenderloin. Here is my new business
card with contact numbers. Please visit my web-site at
I now take care of the
Tenderloin Street Zendo. Please come and sit
with me there – everyone is welcome.
Let’s stay in touch, Jana
filed in CukeSanghaNews
June 9th, 2007 Workshop
and More on her
Work with the Homeless
5-31-07 - In my 4-16-07
Greens Restaurant annual benefit
(for SFZC) and live auction, I left out the most
impressive part of the event when at the end of the auction, driven by the
encouragement of the dynamic auctioneer,
people pledged considerable support (starting with
$1000, ending with 50) for Jana Drakka's work with the
homeless. I didn't mention it because I wanted to do a focused presentation
on Jana and her worthy program. - DC
The Whole Moon In A Puddle - A Training in Total
workshop is useful to those involved in making changes in themselves and
facilitating change in others.
We will be working with a combination of mindfulness meditation and Harm
Reduction training. Harm Reduction is a training in complete acceptance of
wherever one is in life. It is designed to help facilitate change in self
and others and has been successfully used nationwide with traditionally '
hard to work with' populations in therapy/addiction counseling.
Reverend Jana Drakka's work was featured in the SFChronicle (SFGate.com
1:4:07)and on ABC7news in April. She is well known for the humor and
practicality of her teachings.
Fee: $45; $40 for SFZC members; $35 low income.
Call 415 863 3136 to register.
No-one turned away due to lack of funds. Everyone welcome.
Center, Page at Laguna,
Learn more about
Harm Reduction here - Harm
here - Drug Policy
here - Wikipedia.
here - Habit Smart's
Harm Reduction Information Center.
More on the work of Jana Drakka
from SFZC Sangha News -
Advocacy for the
from the SFChron
Priest brings Zen to S.F.'s neediest souls
Buddhist teaches meditation, holds memorials for homeless
Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
See the accompanying video
Woman Offers Meditation To The Homeless
First Project Of Its Kind In Nation
By Carolyn Tyler
See the accompanying video aired on ABC
Exhibition by Jana Drakka
Memorial posts about Jana Drakka
Recalling the Zen Street Priest Junsei Jana Drakka by James Ishmael Ford
from Robert Ford on Facebook
Our community garden lost a beloved friend, Reverend Jana
For years, Jana held space for mindfulness meditation. In busy Soma, it's
sometimes hard not to notice the sirens and horns in the loud world,
clamoring all around us. But I had the privilege of watching practitioners
come, sit, and find quiet presence waiting just underneath, and community
across the table. Those times I sat in, I found myself
"noticing-without-noticing” birds song, bees buzzing, light on leaves
-- “noticing, and letting go". “Noticing noticing”, and letting *that* go,
too. And for a while, the sirens and I both got quieter. Jana brought the
most "simple" yet profound gifts to communities who need it most, all done
with salt, compassion, real-world wisdom, and the most wonderful, wry humor.
May her presence continue to ripple through all she's touched. May our
hearts continue to hold and presence peace... in the gardens of our hearts,
within, and on the streets, beyond.
A great spirit who reached out to the homeless and forgotten. Farewell
Jana. - DC