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September 30, 2015

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Tova Green Completes Dharma Transmission

Congratulations to Jisan Tova Green, who just completed a three-week intensive period of practices and ceremonies this past weekend related to dharma transmission.

After several years of priest training, she received full authorization as a Zen teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage from her teacher, Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts. Tova was ordained as a priest by Linda in 2003, served as shuso (head student) in the following year at Tassajara, and has been a practice leader at City Center for several years since. Currently she also serves as director of development for Zen Center.

Tova will give the dharma talk at City Center on Wednesday, October 14, after a short ceremony in which she will receive a special robe. The events will begin at 7:30 pm, and all are welcome to attend.

Her residential sangha at City Center, especially, celebrates this milestone with her, having witnessed her steady and joyful dedication to her daily practices related to dharma transmission over the last month.

With sangha members assisting in the private ceremonies last weekend—from left: Jeremy Levie (served as jisha, or attendant to the abbess), Eijun Linda Cutts, Jisan Tova Green, and Steve Weintraub (preceptor/instructor).

With sangha members assisting in the private ceremonies last weekend—from left: Jeremy Levie (served as jisha, or attendant to the abbess), Eijun Linda Cutts (teacher), Jisan Tova Green, and Steve Weintraub (preceptor/instructor).

Tova after completing dharma transmission on September 27.

Tova after completing dharma transmission on September 27.

 

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  1. Sep 30 2015

    congratulations tova!!
    with much love and deep bows, chris fortin

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  2. Sara Hunsaker
    Sep 30 2015

    How Wonder-full
    Congratulations, Tova

    Bows of Gratitude
    Sara Hunsaker

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  3. Sheryl Leaf
    Sep 30 2015

    Great congratulations!

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  4. Sep 30 2015

    Yes, great congratulations Tova. The end of an odyssey; the beginning of an odyssey. How great!
    Bowing to you,
    Jim

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  5. Renshin Bunce
    Sep 30 2015

    Congratulations, my dear sister Tova. Thank you for your willingness to take this step, and for all of your service to all beings.

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  6. Mary Rein
    Sep 30 2015

    Rejoicing with you!
    Peace and all good . . .
    mary

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  7. susan spencer
    Sep 30 2015

    so happy to hear about your dharma transmission – you look radiant! love susan

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  8. Bonnie Spindler
    Sep 30 2015

    Heartfelt Congratulations!

    With deep bows and much love,

    Ko Ryu Sei Kai

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  9. Lee Lipp
    Sep 30 2015

    Congratulations, congratulations, heartfilled congratulations.

    Gassho, Lee

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  10. Mary S
    Sep 30 2015

    Deep congrats Tova.
    Bows and smiles.

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  11. Sep 30 2015

    Great congratulations! So happy for you Tova. Bows and hugs, Konin

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  12. Johna Peterson
    Sep 30 2015

    Congratulations, Tova! I am so happy for you!
    Love, and bows and cello bows,
    Johna

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  13. Sep 30 2015

    Congratulations Tova. Blessings and love.

    June

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  14. Oct 1 2015

    Full hearted happiness, Tova!

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  15. Peter Bais + Brian Goldston
    Oct 1 2015

    “For compassion and kindness, it is never too late.”
    Hafiz, Ghazal #5

    With all our love and admiration

    P+ B

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  16. Glady Thacher
    Oct 1 2015

    Dearest Tova

    Congratulations on your Dharma Transmission Ceremony.I cherish our friendship that has drawn us together over the years when I first met you in Tassajara and continues through our love of poetry and your musical gifts playing the cello. You are quiet, observant and kind. Many bows and may all be well with you. xx Glady

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  17. Terra Williams
    Oct 3 2015

    Heartfelt congratulations, Tova!
    After Elizabeth and I met you many years ago, have followed you from afar, fondly and with deep respect. Your wonderful photo of the Tassajara han still calls to me from its special perch on my desk.
    Sending abundant blessing~wishes to you!

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  18. Jeanne Nelson
    Oct 3 2015

    Congratulations and best wishes – so happy for you!

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  19. Lyn Fine
    Oct 5 2015

    Congratulations, Tova! So wonderful, so wonderful. “This is a happy moment”!!!!!! Bowing, sending love and blessings, Lyn

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  20. Nonnie Welch
    Oct 5 2015

    A very,very happy heart– full of love & admiration for you!

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  21. claire costello
    Oct 6 2015

    Most gracious blessings and joy to your being and those you nurture, Tova. Thank you for your service to this world. In gratitude and reverence, Claire

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  22. Pam Peirce
    Oct 6 2015

    Deep bows to you Tova for all of your work for the dharma; your teaching and service continue to inspire me. With great joy, I am so happy that you have received transmission. May we all celebrate!

    Pam

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  23. michaelle goerlitz
    Oct 6 2015

    Much love & congratulations on this lifetime milestone, Tova!!

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  24. Oct 6 2015

    yay Tova! I so admire your deep work and dedication!

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  25. Louise Gilbert
    Oct 10 2015

    Dear Tova, many good wishes and my deepest congratulations on your Transmission. I am honored to have you as my friend and fellow cellist!
    Love, Louise

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  26. Paula Green
    Oct 11 2015

    Dear Tova, I just went to search for your current email address because I will be in SF late October and hope to visit, thus discovering this perfect moment of your full ordination as a teacher. Kudos on this beautiful accomplishment and on where this life has led you. Many blessings and a big hope that we shall soon meet. Look forward to hearing from you. Paula Green

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    • Tova Green
      Oct 12 2015

      Dear Paula, It’s great to hear from you. I’d love to see you when you’re here at the end of the month. I’ll call you or email you. Tova

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  27. Roy Remer
    Oct 11 2015

    Congratulations, Tova! May your wisdom and bright light benefit many.

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  28. Shinji Eshima
    Oct 14 2015

    What a wonderful symbol of hope you are!!

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