Awakening with others, for well-being in the world.
Cathy’s traditional Zen practice included 25 years in a formal student-teacher relationship, and three monastic practice periods at Tassajara Zen Monastery. She also honed her practice through the rough-and-tumble worlds of professional group facilitation, and running a lay-based community Zen temple. This led her to articulate her teaching through what she calls Intimate Zen—attending to how we express wisdom and compassion in our interpersonal and group interactions, as well as receiving guidance from Great Nature, the other-than-human realm.
Intimate Zen focuses on the deep, fresh experience of aliveness: being exactly who you are—and, at the same time, knowing you are completely and intimately connected with all beings. It is the practice of coming to a deep understanding of the obstructions and releases in your own spirit, mind, heart and body—and then extending your insight and practice to include awakening with others, in service of promoting well-being in the world.
From The Archives:
A Moment - October 3, 2018
Touching the Core of Life - September 5, 2018
Dongshan’s Teachings of the Nonsentient - February 7, 2018
Actualized by Myriad Things - April 25, 2018
The Great Matter of Life and Death - February 15, 2017
Practicing with Post-Election Emotions - November 11, 2016
This very act of sitting with the truth of our actual lives, breathing in and breathing out, sensing our utter interconnection with all beings and all things, is enlightenment.
This is the grand journey of practice: the invitation to participate as an open entity, a part of the whole, learning and growing through direct engagement with the myriad beings of the world.
Where to find Cathy…
Join us for a three-week practice focus led by Rev. Cathy Toldi.
We will explore honing our present-moment awareness by drawing and meditating in nature. You will be offered simple instructions. Beginners welcome!
Please join us for a day enjoying the forest and grounds at Land of Medicine Buddha. You will be introduced to Buddhist heart practices (the Bramaviharas), along with Taoist qigong theory and practices. We will offer guided solo wanders on the land to gather our heart fire medicine. Then, through council, we will explore how to bring these practices to our families and friends.
A study discussion group based on the book by Larry Yang, led by Val Miranda, with Rev. Cathy Toldi.
This talk is part of the summer Mountains and Waters Practice Focus.
After noon zazen, this informal discussion is part of the summer Mountains and Waters Practice Focus.
Coming This Fall: Tenzo Training
Cathy will collaborate with Head Cook Mary Knudsen to offer guidance in how to cook for Zen meditation retreats. We will also study Eihei Dogen’s “Instructions for the Cook.”
Dates, times and details will be announced this summer.