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.
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.
Onryu Patrick Teverbaugh 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.
Dana Takagi began Zen practice to better understand her own and others’ ordinary life—sickness, aging, death, love, family and work. Her decades-long career as a professor at the University of California informs her zen practice and vice versa. She received lay ordination (2002) and priest ordination (2009) from Katherine Thanas and dharma transmission (2015) from Fugan Gene Bush. Her other dharma teacher of many years is her beloved dog, Morgan.
Dana aspires to pay forward the kindness of her many teachers. She co-led (with Gene Bush) the 2017 Winter practice period at Santa Cruz Zen Center, co-led (with Jisan Tova Green) 2017 LGBTQ Study Week at Tassajara, and is a an occasional lecturer at Queer Dharma at the San Francisco Zen Center. She is committed to working with others to ensure the circle of Soto Zen practice is accessible, inclusive, and sustainable
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 came to S.C. Zen Center in 2009. 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.
Fugan Eugene Bush 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.
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.