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Jana Drakka

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.
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Memorial posts

Jana's Facebook page

Jikoji page for Jana

Jana Youtube interview on street practice

Lost Americans - Jana Drakka on Vimeo interview

Zen Buddhist Priest Opens Trans Stage at San Francisco Pride (2008) - Youtube

7-24-17 - Junsei 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.

3-08-08 - 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 Faithful  Fools Tenderloin Street Zendo.  Please come and sit with me there – everyone is welcome. Let’s stay in touch, Jana

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Jana Drakka's
June 9th, 2007 Workshop
and More on her
Work with the Homeless

5-31-07 - In my 4-16-07 report of the 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 Acceptance

This 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 ( 1:4:07)and on ABC7news in April. She is well known for the humor and practicality of her teachings.
June 9th 1:30-4:30pm.
Fee: $45; $40 for SFZC members; $35 low income.
Call 415 863 3136 to register.
Pre-registration required

No-one turned away due to lack of funds. Everyone welcome.
Location: SF Zen Center, Page at Laguna, 94102.  

Learn more about Harm Reduction here  - Harm Reduction Coalition.
here - Drug Policy Alliance.
here - Wikipedia.
here - Habit Smart's Harm Reduction Information Center.

More on the work of Jana Drakka

 from SFZC Sangha News - Advocacy for the Homeless.

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

Calligraphy 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 Drakka. 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.

Lion's Roar

 A great spirit who reached out to the homeless and forgotten. Farewell Jana. - DC





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