Kenshin Catherine Cascade was ordained as a monk in the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives in 2000 and, following a Transfer of Discipleship, was re-ordained as a priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi by Hozan Alan Senauke in 2004. She received Dharma Transmission from Hozan Sensei, Vice-Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, in 2012. Yudo John Mogey was ordained as a priest by Sojun Mel Weitsman, Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, in 2010.
The mystical realism of the teachings of Eihei Dogen, the founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan, and the warmhearted teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who brought our lineage to America, are touchstones for our efforts and understanding.
Dokusan refers to formal practice interviews with a Zen teacher. Kenshin and Yudo are available by appointment for dokusan on site. They are also available either on site or by telephone for more informal practice discussions about issues arising in meditation, Dharma study and the ongoing practice of everyday life.
All Bird Haven Zendo practice opportunities are offered on a dana basis. Dana means generous giving and is an orientation to spiritual and material resources that is the opposite of the “fee for service” orientation that is the norm in our society.
Dana is akin to the sharing found in families, where interconnectedness or, as Thich Nhat Hanh puts it, interbeing, is especially salient for most of us. Spiritual and material resources and cooperative effort circulate measurelessly as the life of each person is actualized and the community as a whole is sustained.
In that spirit we make an offering of this practice place to anyone with a sincere desire to participate harmoniously, and we gratefully receive offerings of food, labor, money, or other resources participants may wish to give.