Our Teachers

Santa Cruz Zen Center is fortunate to have five Zen Teachers, each with dharma transmission in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, and each with a unique focus and teaching style. Our teachers are available to talk individually about your practice (dokusan), or you can encounter them in dharma talks, classes, groups, or in their many activities around the temple.


Cathy Toldi

Cathy has been practicing Zen at Warm Jewel Temple since 1987. She received the precepts and priest ordination from her root teacher, Katherine Thanas, and dharma transmission from Patrick Teverbaugh. Cathy’s focus is integrating Zen into the relational domain.


Dana Takagi

Dana Takagi began Zen practice to better understand her own and others’ ordinary life—sickness, aging, death, love, family and work. Her work as a professor at the University of California informs her zen practice and vice versa.


Patrick Teverbaugh

Patrick Teverbaugh 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.


Kokyo Henkel

Kokyo Henkel has been practicing Zen since 1990 at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, and Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan. He was ordained as a priest in 1994 by Tenshin Anderson Roshi and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2010.


Gene Bush

Eugene Bush received Dharma transmission from Katherine Thanas in 2010. Gene serves as a Practice Leader for Santa Cruz Zen Center and for Arcata Zen Group