He was ordained as a priest in 1994 by Tenshin Anderson Roshi and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2010. Kokyo is interested in exploring how the original teachings of Buddha-Dharma from ancient India, China, and Japan are still very much alive and useful in present-day America to bring peace and harmony to this troubled world.
Kokyo Henkel, Head Teacher, came to S.C. Zen Center in 2009 as the new Head Teacher. He has been practicing Zen since 1990 in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (most recently as Head of Practice), Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, No Abode Hermitage in Mill Valley, and Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan.
Onryu Patrick Teverbaugh, Practice Leader, was ordained as a priest in 1999 and received Dharma Transmission from Katherine Thanas in January, 2011. He organizes activities for the Global Sangha, those interested in practicing with social and environmental issues.
These activities include a weekly lunch for a local homeless shelter, a weekly recovery group, and marching in the local LGBT parade. Patrick also helps coordinate Contributing Memberships, fundraising events, and shares the role of Ino, managing zendo roles and activities.
He teaches the traditional practice of sewing Buddha’s Robe. He is retired from his paid work as a teacher in a public alternative high school in Santa Cruz. Gene is most interested in the ways in which formal practice trains us for everyday life.
Fugan Eugene Bush, D.D., Practice Leader, began formal Zen practice in 1982and received Dharma
transmission from Katherine Thanas in 2010. Gene serves as one of the Practice Leaders of Santa Cruz Zen Center. He also became a teacher for the Arcata Zen Group in 2013, with occasional forays to Hartford Street Zen Center and to Queer Dharma at San Francisco Zen Center.
Rev. Cathy Toldi has been practicing Zen at Warm Jewel Temple since 1987. She studied with her root teacher Katherine Thanas for 25 years, receiving the precepts in 1995 and priest ordination in 2005. She received dharma transmission from Patrick Teverbaugh in 2015.
The primary focus of Cathy's study and practice is integrating Zen into the relational realm. This includes attending to how we express wisdom, compassion and intimacy in our interpersonal and group interactions, as well as receiving guidance from Great Nature, the other-than-human realm.