A path that bridges two spiritual traditions.

The East-West Meditation at Mercy Center honors all faith traditions, and encourages all meditative practices that lead to a compassionate heart.

Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. (“Hando”) founded the East-West Meditation Program at Mercy Center in 1985, after having lived nearly 30 years in Japan. During his time in Japan, Fr. Hand taught haiku poetry, and studied Zen meditation with Yamada Koun Roshi, who encouraged Western students to learn Zen as a way of deepening their Judeo-Christian faith. Hando’s groundbreaking work laid a strong foundation for the continuity of the Program.


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  • Monday evenings from 6:00–7:00pm in-person at Mercy Center Burlingame in the Rose Room 
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The Four Seasons Haiku Kai meets quarterly to share and learn about haiku.

All who are interested in this fun and meditative approach to writing haiku are welcome.

The Four Seasons
Haiku Kai

Haiku meetings are temporarily on hold.

If you would like to share your own haiku on the theme of “Clouds & Sky” with the other haiku group members, send an E-mail to mc@sistersofmercy.org