About The Teacher
Born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil, in 1947. She was a professional journalist in her youth, having been a reporter for Jornal da Tarde, part of the news agency, O Estado de São Paulo S.A.- one of the largest news agencies in Brazil. In the 1970s, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she worked as a local employee of Banco do Brasil S.A. At that time, she began regular zazen practices at the Zen Center of Los Angeles.
She became a resident of the Los Angeles community and made monastic vows on January 14, 1983. The same year, in October, she entered the Nagoya Women's Monastery, Aichi Senmon Nisodo and Toku Betsu Nisodo, where she resided for eight years, having graduated as a special nun (Tokuso), qualified to be a teacher of the Buddhist Dharma of monks, nuns, laymen and laity. During her training at the Nagoya Monastery she was the first Shusso in the history of the Female Monastery, under the guidance of Abbess Aoyama Shundo Docho Roshi. She practiced as Tokuso (special nun) for three years at both the Nagoya Monastery and a special Soto Shu tradition for monastery teachers. She received the Dharma Transmission from the Reverend Yogo Suigan Roshi, then abbot of the Saijoji Monastery in Daiyuzan, Odawara and deputy superior abbot of the Sojiji Sede Monastery in Tsurumi, Yokohama. It was her master of transmission, Yogo Roshi, who gave her the name of the temple to be constituted in Brazil: Tenzui Zenji- Zen Temple Follower of the Sky, of the Imam. Therefore, the Reverend Yogo Roshi, Zengetsu Suigan Daiosho is considered the Founder of the current Taikozan Tenzui Zenji Temple in Sao Paulo. Together with Reverend Koun Taizan Hakuyu Daiosho (Maezumi Roshi) and Reverend Kakuzen Shundo Daiosho (Aoyama Roshi) – her three masters: of Transmission, Ordering and Monastic Training.