Welcome to Winter Sky Dharma, the website of Toku Cynthia Scott. Why “Winter Sky”? Because my dharma name, Toku, means Winter Sky. I live where there’s plenty of winter sky, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m an ordained priest in the Soto Zen school of Buddhism and a dharma heir of Sojun Diane Martin. I’m also certified to teach Realization Process embodiment and healing ground, a wonderful practice founded and developed by Judith Blackstone, Ph.D.

I’ve worn many hats: professional writer and editor; caregiver; nonprofit manager; and even, for a short time, clockmaker with my own business. But what really makes me tick is the spiritual path — yours, mine, and humanity’s collective path. I’ve worked as a teacher and spiritual companion to many students on their journey to wholeness. I’ve learned from working with them and from my own experience that we cannot know the wholeness that is our birthright if we are alienated from or uncomfortable in our bodies. Indeed, our bodies are a profound instrument of and gateway to awakening.

I invite you to explore whether my offerings can help support you on your journey.

Photo courtesy of Jayme Halbritter

“To be whole is to be conscious and in contact with ourselves everywhere in our body, to live within our body. When we inhabit our bodies we experience ourselves as an undivided consciousness, a subtle, unified ground of consciousness, pervading our whole body and our environment, at the same time.”

Judith Blackstone, founder of the Realization Process

“Be strong, then, and enter into your own body; there you have a solid place for your feet. Think about it carefully! Don’t go off somewhere else! . . . just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are.”


“To give attention. It is the simplest and the purest act of love. The greatness, the joy, the rapture, and the beauty of all love depend on the intense receptivity of our attention. So open wide the whole body. Receive the incoming tide of space. Open the body from the center so that your whole being can absorb all that wishes to felt and known by you, with the full and silent comprehension of love.”

-Sufi Raden Ayou Jodjana

© Cynthia Scott


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