The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Weekly Events

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

Breakfast with conversation in the community room at 7am most Mondays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:45-8:30am.

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 - Starts Friday, Oct. 5, 6:45pm—7:45pm

Addiction affects all of us whether we're still using substances, have stopped using, or know someone who uses. Join us to explore what we need to hold on to and what we can let go of. This gathering of supportive Sangha Members includes meditation and discussion.

(No meetings 10/12, 11/30)

Fall Practice Period

October 10 - December 8
Practice Period is an opportunity to intensify your practice and settle into your life. You will design your own practice schedule that fits your home and work life. Your practice can be a mixture of:
- Meditation, at home or in the zendo.
- Sesshins: at least 1 full day during Oct. 11-14 or Nov. 29-Dec. 5.
- Classes: Sunday mornings Oct. 21 to Nov. 25 on Shitou's poem.
- Practice discussions with the Practice Leader or Head student:
at least 2 discussions during the Practice Period.
Fall Practice Period will be led by Practice Leader Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh and Head Student Rev. Edie Brown. Sign up by filling out a Practice Period form and giving it to either Patrick or Edie.

Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage

With Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh.
6 classes, October 21 - November 25; Sunday mornings, 10-11:30am.
“Song of the Grass-Roof Hermaitage” is a poem by Sekito Kisen, one of our Chinese Ancestors from the eighth century. It beautifully and simply describes zazen. It describes the Reality of our Life. It is a classic in Zen literature and has been recited and embodied for over twelve centuries. $10/class for contributing members and $13/class for non-members, but your participation is the most valuable thing, so any donation that fits your budget is all that is required.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 14, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Sangha Day

Saturday, November 17, 9:20am-1pm (followed by lunch).
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.

"Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community", Author Larry Yang

Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, Mar. 12. Tuesdays 6:45 - 8:00pm
Book study discussion group led by Val Miranda with Rev. Cathy Toldi
"A dharma book that is a road map shwoing the collective pathways out of social suffering, embracing the pain of oppression and inequity as integral to the ground of compassion and spiritual practice."

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 21, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

Thursday, November 22, 4-6pm.
Celebrate gratitude for the gifts of the earth, life, community, and the present moment. Please bring some food to share for a vegetarian feast in the community room (no noon or evening zazen this day).

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

November 21, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, November 24, 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.

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Monday, November 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 28, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Rohatsu Sesshin (Celebration of Buddha’s Awakening)

November 29 - December 5 (7 days), 5:45am-9pm.
Each day will include morning teachings with Rev. Patrick and formal oryoki meals. Please plan to attend at least two days, or whole sesshin if possible, to help support this important retreat at the culmination of the Dharma year. There will be a ceremony to celebrate Buddha’s Awakening to end sesshin at 5pm on December 5. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others. Sleeping accommodations available. Call or email to reserve space.