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Finding the Jizo Path: A Creative Journey

Sunday, May 15, 2011 [canceled]
9 am - 4:30 pm
led by Tova Green and Richard Urban

Jizo, Earth Treasure Store Bodhisattva, is revered in Japan as a protector of travelers, children, and those who have died. Jizo's qualities of engagement in life, equanimity and compassion can inspire and assist us at significant passages in our lives.

In this workshop we will develop our relationship to Jizo through meditation, stories, ritual, and through creating our own images of Jizo out of clay. The Jizo figures we create may be left along a Green Gulch Farm path or taken home to enjoy.

Fee: $80, $72 current SFZC members, $64 limited income (includes dining room lunch); plus $10 for materials.

To Register: Please call the Green Gulch Office at 415.383.3134.


Jisan Tova Green participated in the jizos for peace pilgrimage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2005. This experience deepened her understanding of Jizo’s healing presence. Tova is a Zen priest ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2003. She became Director of City Center in April 2011, after several years of hospice social work.

Richard Urban is a ceramic artist who enjoys making wares which enhance Zen practice. Having been an independent studio potter for fifteen years his work has been displayed and sold in over a hundred furniture stores, craft galleries, and museum stores nationwide. He began Zen practice in 1989 and was lay ordained by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1992. He currently resides at San Francisco Zen Center and works at Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, California.