Tenku Ruff to Visit NC Zen Center

Dear friends,

The North Carolina Zen Center is honored to announce a distinguished upcoming visitor.  Tenku Ruff, a highly regarded Zen teacher currently living in New York, will give a Dharma talk during our regularly scheduled service this Thursday evening, June 16, from 7pm — 9pm, and again during our Sunday, June 19 service from 10 am — noon.

At the invitation of our Teacher Search Committee, Tenku will be visiting our Center to meet members of our Sangha, tour the facilities, and get a feel for our community.  Sunday in particular will be a very good time for members of our Sangha to meet Tenku and converse with her in an informal atmosphere after service.   If you wish to bring a pot-luck dish to the Sunday service, it would be welcome at the informal tea and lunch afterward.  

Tenku’s training has both Rinzai and Soto Zen roots.  She received lay ordination (zaike tokudo) in 1999 in Oita, Japan, and was ordained as a priest (shukke tokudo) in 2006 by Tessai Yamamoto Roshi, Abbot of Kannonji Temple in Morioka, Japan. Tenku received dharma transmission and became a lineage holder in the Tessai Yamamoto/Tetsugyu Ban Roshi lineage in 2010. Born in Northern Florida, Tenku attended Davidson College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. In addition, she holds a Master of Divinity from Maitripa College. 

We hope you will come to the Center on either or both occasions, to meet Tenku and experience her teaching.  

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you there!