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Darlene Cohen

Darlene Cohen

Darlene Cohen. Photo courtesy Sweeping Zen.

Darlene Cohen / Su Rei Ken Po
Great Spirit Manifesting Dharma
October 31, 1942 – January 12, 2011

Darlene passed away at 1:15 am on January 12, in the company of her husband Tony Patchell, their son Ethan, and Tony’s son Matthew.

From Sweeping Zen web site announcement:

Known for her work with those suffering from chronic illness, Cohen focused on the synchronization of mind and body through attention to the minutiae of everyday life as a means for healing. She also wrote four books, “Arthritis: Stop Suffering, Start Moving” (1995), “Finding a Joyful Life in the Heart of Pain” (2000), “Turning Suffering Inside Out” (2002), and “The One Who Is Not Busy: Connecting with Work in a Deeply Satisfying Way” (2004).

Darlene ordained several priests and also named three Dharma heirs, Susan Ji-On Postal, Horyu Ryotan Cynthia Kear and Sarita Tamayo-Moraga.

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  1. Basya Petnick / Feb 17 2011

    Darlene Cohen. How long could you be around her without laughing? Five seconds? Ten? Brilliant insights. So much humor. Amazing practitioner and limitless in her accommodation of pain and disability. She once taught me at Tassajara to walk backward. That is what she did when it was too painful to walk forward. She once invited me to her home for Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey took a long time getting done, as turkeys sometimes do. No matter. We ate the whole banana cream pie while waiting. She had baked the pie herself and was very happy with it. She said it was good to eat the dessert first.

    She helped my sister who has MS. She helped so many people. Who could count them all? I’m grateful to have lived in the same time and place as Darlene, if only for a lovely while. I still seem to see her everywhere.

    • ellen levin / Mar 11 2011

      i love what you said about the walking backward when you can’t walk forward. i love that as a metaphor. everyone says to not go backwards not think about the past etc. i just love the idea of walking backwards and eating pie when the first course isn’t ready and just doing things differently. I didn’t know her. i just have read some things she wrote. thanks for your appreciation of her.

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