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 - Saturday Mornings, 9:30-10:30am

With Andrew Porter - Jan 23rd, Feb 6th & 27th, Mar 5th, 19th & 26th, Apr 9th & 16th, Apr 9th & 16th, May 14th & 28th ,June 4th, 11th & 25th, July 2nd, 23rd & 30th, Aug 6th, 20th & 27th, Sept 3rd, 17th & 24th, Oct 1st, 8th, 22nd & 29th, Nov 5th, 12th, & 26th, Dec 10th & 17th.

Shuso (Head Student) Entering Ceremony and Dharma Talk

Wednesday, February 3, 6:35 pm.
Michael Bashista will be formally invited to be shuso for Fall Practice Period, followed by his “Way-Seeking Mind” talk, sharing how he came to Zen practice.

Entering the Realm of Reality

Saturday, February 6, 9:30am-6pm. With Rev. Shoho Kuebast.
The last chapter of the Flower Ornament (Avatamsaka) Sutra is called “Entering the Realm of Reality” and it describes the journey of the boy Sudhana, who was sent forth to seek the answer to his question: how is a bodhisattva to practice? On his quest he meets 53 teachers and many beautiful insights. We will recite this inspirational book together, which will take approximately nine hours. Everyone is welcome to join at any time, but especially for the final dedication of this amazing journey. Suggested donation: $12/day for sustaining members, $15 for others.

Opening Winter Practice Period (& Entering Jewels in the World)

Wednesday, February 10, 6:35 pm.

A short ceremony to open Practice Period, followed by Dharma talk with Rev. Patrick. Practice Period is an 8-week time for making a deeper commitment to zen practice with the sangha, to support others while being supported by others. (Please speak with Patrick about joining P.P., and speak with Kokyo if interested in the year-long Jewels in the World study and practice program).

Parinirvana Sesshin

February 11-15 (5 days), 5am-9pm.
Each day will include morning teachings with Rev. Patrick and formal oryoki meals. Sesshin ends with a ceremony to celebrate Buddha’s Parinirvana on Monday at 3:45pm, to which all are welcome. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 17, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

The Lotus Sutra

6 Sunday evenings: February 21-March 27, 6:35-8pm.
Class series with Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh. The Lotus Sutra was particularly revered by Dogen Zenji, and is widely studied in all East Asian Buddhist schools. Its poetic language and beautiful imagery make it well-suited for study during this year of practicing devotion. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others. (There will also be a tea and discussion group with the shuso, 5:30-6:20pm).

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Monday, February 22, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 24, 6:35pm – Rev. Shoho Kuebast

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film

Friday, February 26, 7-9pm (in community room)
This evening’s movie is “Groundhog Day,” a comedy in which Bill Murray plays a weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again, with countless opportunities to give up self-centeredness and learn to live for others.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, February 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.