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Spring Priest Ordination at Tassajara

Tassajara ordination photo-2021

Shinchi Linda Galijan, Tenzen David Zimmerman, Zenko Jordan Montgomery, Zenshin Greg Fain

On May 22, Zenko Jordan Montgomery received shukke tokudo (priest ordination) from his teacher, Zenshin Greg Fain, along with co-preceptors City Center Abiding Abbot Tenzen David Zimmerman and Tassajara Tanto Shinchi Linda Galijan. Zenko has been a resident of Tassajara for six years, where he is currently the Tenzo (Head Cook); he is married to Lauren Bouyea.

The ordination ceremony in the Tassajara zendo was familiar and traditional, which felt utterly remarkable in light of the past year. The difference from past ceremonies was that it was streamed via Zoom to allow invited family members and friends to attend virtually. Zenko and Lauren’s 11-month-old daughter, Mirabelle, was also in the assembly, until she made it clear that it was nap-time.

The doors and windows were wide open to the bright, cool morning, and bird song filled the valley as Zenko received priest robes, okesa and rakusu that he sewed by hand, traditional lacquered wood formal eating bowls, and the sixteen Bodhisattva precepts. He then received lineage papers from his teacher with his Dharma name, Zenko Isshin (Zen Tiger, One Trust).

After the ceremony, there was a celebratory outdoor feast in the courtyard. The whole day felt all the more special because this was the first significant ceremony that had been held in the zendo in such a very long time. The joy in witnessing Zenko’s ordination was beautifully evident on everyone’s faces.


Featured Photo September 26

Congratulations to three newly ordained priests! On Saturday, September 14, Dillon Balmaceda, Myles Cowherd, and Eli Brown-Stevenson received priest ordination in a ceremony at Beginner’s Mind Temple. Photos by Elliot Charney.

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Featured Photo April 12

On Saturday, March 31, Julian Hickman and Diego Miglioli received priest ordination in a ceremony at Beginner’s Mind Temple. Photos by Elliot Charney.

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Featured Photo 1 September 28

Congratulations! At Green Gulch Farm on September 17, 2017, Kogen Dito-Keith (Kogen Anshin / Radiant Presence-Body of Peace) received priest ordination from Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts. Photos by Shundo David Haye.

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Featured Photo January 12

There was a Jukai/Lay Initiation Ceremony at City Center on January 7, 2017. Photos by Sandy Lamerson.

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When Kim Hart Became Kogen Daiho

After many years of practice, Kim Hart was ordained as a priest by her teacher Ryushin Paul Haller in the City Center Buddha Hall on Saturday, April 16, surrounded by family and friends.  Read more