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 Third Turning of the Wheel" by Reb Anderson. 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 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. No meeting April 3 and 10.

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.


Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 22, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, March 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.

Shukke Tokudo, Priest Ordination for Neti Parekh

Saturday, March 25, 2-4pm (including reception after ceremony).
Neti will be ordained as a priest by Rev. Kokyo Henkel, in a ceremony where she receives robes, bowls, and precepts. Please come celebrate this joyful commitment to the bodhisattva’s way!

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Monday, March 27, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 29, 6:35pm – Rev. Ben Connelly from Minnesota Zen Meditation Center will speak about his new book "Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara: A Practitioner's Guide."

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 5, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

Buddha’s Birthday Zazenkai One-Day Sitting and Celebration

Saturday, April 8, 8:30am-4pm, ceremony at 4pm.
Sitting led by Rev. Cathy Toldi, with lecture in the morning. After the sitting we will make offerings, chant sutras, and bathe the baby Buddha, amidst many spring flowers. Birthday cake will be served afterwards. Children are especially welcome.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, April 11, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 12, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film

Friday, April 14, 7-9:30pm (in community room).
“As It Is in Heaven” is a Swedish film about regaining lost childhood, building community, and benefitting others through simple actions.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 19, 6:35pm – Rev. Neti Parekh

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, April 22, 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.

Skit Night, Evening of Talent Sharing

Saturday, April 22, 6-8pm, in zendo.

Laugh, sing, appreciate, share, be inspired, get goofy, and generally love your sangha (please sign up on bulletin board).

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Monday, April 24, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 26, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

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

Thursday, April 27, 6:40-8pm (in zendo). Neti Parekh.
This open discussion group will meet regularly to share information, views, and insights into how our Buddhist practice can intersect with the unfolding global climate crisis. All are welcome.