The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Weekly Events

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Tuesdays, 7am

Breakfast with conversation in the community room at 7am most Tuesdays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:45-8:45am. Currently we are reading "The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza". All are welcome to either or both events, free of charge.

Koan Study Group - Fridays, 1-2pm

Contemplate and explore koans with Neti Parekh, in the zendo. A koan from the Mumonkan will be posted on the bulletin board the week before, with copies available. Anyone may attend any of the sessions, 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.

Smiling Heart QiGong - Popular event may return at a different time.

With Andrew Porter - Check here for any more information when available.


Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Tuesday, July 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 27, 6:35pm – Neti Parekh

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 3, 6:35pm – Rev. Dana Takagi

How Do We Respond? Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Buddhist Practice

With Neti Parekh. Thursday, August 4, 6:40-8pm (in zendo).
This open discussion group will meet quarterly to share information, views, and insights into how our Buddhist practice can intersect with the unfolding global climate crisis. Its purpose is to support and encourage us to not turn away or feel discouraged, but to see this as an opportunity to embrace our Bodhisattva Vow in all dimensions of life on this precious planet. All are welcome.

First Friday Art Event

August 5, 6:35pm – 8:30pm Jeff Arnett exhibits his stone sculptures and small bronzes. Deborah Good returns to our patio with her photography and Michael Bashista, primarily a stone sculptors, introduces some of his metal pieces for both indoors and outdoors. And, as usual, light refreshments and live music accompany.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 10, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

4-Day Ocean Breeze Sesshin

Thursday, August 11 - Sunday, August 14 (ends by 4pm Sunday).
Each day includes a talk by Rev. Eugene Bush and oryoki meals. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 17, 6:35pm – Patrice Monsour

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Thursday, August 18, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film

Friday, August 19, 7-9pm (in community room)
This evening’s film is “Enlightenment Guaranteed” a moving comedy about two German brothers who go to Japan to practice in a Soto Zen monastery, becoming transformed in unexpected ways in the process.

Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha

6-week class series with Rev. Kokyo Henkel.
Sunday evenings, August 21-September 25, 6:35-8pm.
We will explore Dogen Zenji’s essay on refuge in the three treasures, Shobogenzo Kie Sanbo, and its meaning for our lives as practitioners.
Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

Wednesday, August 24, 6:25am, at time of morning service.