The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Weekly Events

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Mondays, 7 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast in the community room at 7am most Mondays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:15-8:15am. Currently we are reading and discussing "Dongshan's Five Ranks: Keys to Enlightenment" by Ross Bolleter. All are welcome, free of charge.

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Tuesdays, 7am - 8:30 am

Breakfast with conversation in the community room at 7am most Tuesdays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:45-8:30am. Currently we are reading "Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara: A Practitioner's Guide" by Ben Connelly. All are welcome to either or both events, free of charge..

Koan Study Group - Fridays, 1-2pm

Explore the koans in the "Blue Cliff Record", with Neti Parekh, in the zendo. A koan will be posted on the bulletin board the week before, with copies available. Anyone may attend any of the sessions, free of charge.

Monthly Thursday Evening Discussion Group - Third Thursday of month, 6:40-8pm.

"Jewels in the World" with Kokyo Henkel. We meet monthly to discuss some topic regarding Dharma or Zen practice, especially relevant to daily life in the midst of the world. One of the group members volunteers to bring a discussion topic for the next month, and facilitates the conversation.  All are welcome, free of charge.

Ordinary Recovery Group - Contact SCZC ( 457-0206 ). Leave message for Rev. Teverbaugh.

A weekly meeting discussing Buddhist practice with addictions, emotions, and relationships. Short meditation, Dharma reading, compassionate discussion and support. Meets in the zendo and is free of charge.


Jewels in the World

Thursday, January 18, 6:40-8pm.
Monthly evening discussion group on some topic regarding Dharma or Zen practice, especially relevant to daily life. This month's discussion will be on training the mind to decrease self-concern and increase compassionate concern for others. Everyone is welcome.

Sangha Day

Saturday, January 20, 9:20am-1pm.
Sangha Day is a time to come together and help take care of the temple and grounds: cleaning the zendo, making candles, gardening, etc. Please bring something for a potluck lunch at 1pm.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

January 24, 6:35pm – Maia Duerr, a Practice Mentor at Upaya ZC and author of the new book “The Work That Matters”

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Friday, January 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film: Dogen’s Birthday

Friday, January 26, 7-9pm (in community room).

“Zen” is the inspiring dramatized story of the life of our thirteenth century Japanese lineage founder, Dogen Zenji. The showing of this film will also be a celebration of Dogen’s birthday, January 26.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, January 27, 10am-noon.
A monthly introduction to the body & mind of Zen meditation and the forms of practice at SCZC. The morning includes sitting and walking meditation, and discussion. Everyone is welcome, free of charge.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, January 30, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

January 31, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February. 7, 6:35pm – TBA

Saturday Sangha

Saturday, February 10, 9:15-10am – moderated by Rev. Cathy Toldi.
How do we honor our formal traditions and allow ourselves to be open to change? How can there be continuity and flexibility? Everyone is welcome to join in an open discussion on this practice topic.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 14, 6:35pm - TBA

Parinirvana Sesshin

February 17-18 (2 days), 6am-8:30pm (ends by 5:30pm Sunday).
Each day will include morning teachings with Rev. Eugene Bush and formal oryoki meals. Sesshin ends with a ceremony to celebrate Buddha’s Parinirvana on Sunday at 4:45pm, to which all are welcome. Anyone can attend all of sesshin, or parts. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.