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 "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 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 Study Group - Third Thursday of month, 6:40-8pm.

Dharma study and discussion group with Kokyo Henkel. Currently we are reading and discussing "The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Ancestor" with commentary by Red Pine. 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.


Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film

Friday, September 22, 7-9pm (in community room).

“Bothersome Man” is a Norwegian comedy/mystery film. In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason, a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, September 23, 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 Annual Memorial Ceremony

Tuesday, September 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 27, 6:35pm – Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke (Vice-Abbot of Berkeley ZC)

Annual Memorial Ceremony for Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji

Friday, September 29, 6:25 am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 4, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

Annual Memorial Ceremony for Bodhidharma

Thursday, October 5, 6:25 am, at time of morning service.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Thursday, October 5, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Opening Fall Practice Period

Wednesday, October 11, 6:35-7:30pm.

A short ceremony to open Practice Period, followed by zendo tea and Dharma talk with Kokyo. Practice Period is a 9-week time for making a deeper commitment to zen practice with the sangha and to support others while being supported by others. To join, please fill out a personal commitment form (on top of zendo shoe rack) by Oct. 4.

Denko-e Sesshin: Receiving the Mind and Transmitting the Light

October 13-15 (3 days), 5:45am-8:40pm (ends by 5pm Sunday).
Denko-e is a zazen and study retreat, celebrating several chapters of Keizan Zenji’s Denkoroku, the awakening stories of the Zen ancestors. Each day will include morning and afternoon teachings with Kokyo,
8 periods of zazen, oryoki meals, and optional dokusan. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 18, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh