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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.


The Practice Guidelines of Hongzhi

Sunday mornings, April 9, 16, 23, 30, 10-11:30am. 4-week class series with Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh. Our important Zen ancestor Hongzhi Zhengjue described his sitting practice as "silent illumination." We will see how this accords with some of Zen's other names for non-dual meditation such as shikantaza, "turning the light inward," and "taking the backward step." This will be an experiential class with time to look closely at our individual meditation and our Bodhisattva vow to save all beings. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others

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.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 3, 6:35pm – Rev. Ellen Richter

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center Monastic Retreat

May 5-7, Friday afternoon - Sunday afternoon.
Annual retreat for Santa Cruz Z.C. and Monterey Bay Z.C., with one-day sitting in the zendo on Saturday (including oryoki meals and Dharma talk by Kokyo) and joining the community work practice on Sunday morning. $100 including meals and lodging; space is limited. Speak with Kokyo if interested, or write luminousowl@gmail.com.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, May 9, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 10, 6:35pm – Rev. Jogen Salzberg from Great Vow Monastery

Sangha Day

Saturday, May 13, starts at 9:20am.
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.

Memorial Service for Lenore Luscher

May 16, 6:25-6:35pm during evening service (after 5:45 zazen).

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 17, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

3-day Genzo-e Sesshin on “Painting of a Rice Cake”

May 18 (6pm) - 21 (1pm), at Jikoji Zen Center, with Kokyo Henkel.
Genzo-e is a zazen and study retreat on a chapter of Dogen Zenji’s Shobogenzo. In this retreat we will examine Gabyo, “Painting of a Rice Cake,” where an old saying is turned on its head, clarifying how hunger is not satisfied by some kind of “real” rice cakes, but by created paintings of them. Thus creativity brings everything to life. $60/day, including lodging. Call Jikoji to register: (408) 741-9562.