The Sacred and the Profane: the life and work of Leonard Cohen
Myosho Virginia Matthews, Zen nun & Teresa Tudury, Singer/Songwriter
Thursday, June 21, 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $5

A life-long spiritual seeker, Leonard Cohen whose ordained name is Jikan, was a dharma brother of Myosho Ginny Matthews. Both were ordained in the Rinzai Zen lineage of Joshu Sasaki, Roshi. Leonard was also the artistic mentor and friend of singer/songwriter Teresa Tudury. Ginny and Teresa will speak to the deeply inspiring work of Leonardís, especially his last 3 albums which provide guidance in the territory of what Buddhists refer to as old age, sickness and death. We hope to shed a little more light on the extraordinary path of this great artist as he navigated a life of an immensely popular singer/songwriter, monk, family man, poet and faithful friend.

Myosho Ginny Matthews finds her lifeís support in the three pillars of family, spiritual practice, and her work as a dancer/choreographer and teacher. She was a student of Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, roshi for 40 years taking ordination in the Rinzai Zen lineage in 2000 and dedicating the last 18 years to leading womenís retreats and strengthening womenís practice. She is a graduate of The Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program and has been invited to participate on panels exploring womenís spiritual leadership.

Teresa Tudury is a consummate singer/songwriter who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Teresa's voice has been described as a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt, perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing. Throughout her career, Teresa has recorded or performed with such greats as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Charlie Musselwhite and Bonnie Bramlett. Now residing in Sonoma County, Teresa continues to perform and write new material.


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