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.

Smiling Heart QiGong - Sundays at 10 - 11 am

Andrew Porter will resume free beginners' qigong classes. Dates remaining are Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3.


Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart

7-week class based on the book of that title by Rodney Smith.
with Kokyo Henkel. Sunday evenings, Oct 22-Dec 3, 6:35-8pm.
Examining our own experience of the “consensus paradigm” of divided mind of perceived separation, through specific exercises, self-inquiry, and group discussion, we can open to the possibility of “living nonseparation.” As the author writes in the introduction, “The transformation that I am referring to in this book is a complete shift of paradigms… The sole prerequisite for joining this adventure is an enthusiasm and curiosity to know what is true rather than living with what is convenient and easy.”

Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.
Please try to attend all classes if possible, since the series builds on previous classes. (those participating are encouraged to buy the book)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 22, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner and Movie

Thursday, November 23, dinner 4-6pm, followed by film.
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. “The Giver” will be shown 6-7:40pm: in a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, differences or choice, a boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the forgotten “real” world.
(no noon or evening zazen this day)

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, November 25, 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 27, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 29, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

Monday, December 4, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Monday, December 4, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

December 6, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Rohatsu Sesshin (Celebration of Buddha’s Awakening)

December 7-13 (7 days), 5am-9pm (ends 7:30pm Dec. 13 after Shosan).
Each day will include morning teachings with Kokyo and formal oryoki meals. Please plan to attend at least two days, or whole sesshin if possible, to help support this most important retreat of the year – a chance to discover anew, clarify, and actualize our deepest intention.
Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.

Buddha’s Awakening Ceremony, “Shosan” Inquiry and Response Ceremony, and Fall Practice Period closing

Wednesday, December 13.
To end sesshin, Buddha’s Awakening will be celebrated with offerings, chanting, and circumambulation at 5:00pm, followed by 5:45 zazen, and 6:35 Shosan Ceremony where everyone will have an opportunity to come forward and ask Kokyo a brief practice question (ceremony will be explained during the talk). The evening will end with a short ceremony to close Practice Period. All are welcome!

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, December 16, 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.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

December 20, 6:35pm - To be Announced

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Friday, December 22, 6:25am, at time of morning service.