The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Weekly Events

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Mondays, 7am - 8:30 am

Breakfast with conversation in the community room at 7am most Mondays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:45-8:30am.

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.

The weekly meeting discussing Buddhist practice with addictions, emotions, and relationships is on hiatus. Leave a message for Rev. Teverbaugh at the above number.

Smiling Heart QiGong - Sundays at 10 - 11 am

Please check back to learn when Andrew Porter will resume free beginners' qigong classes.

Sangha Day

Saturday, July 21, 9:20am-1pm (followed by lunch).
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 at 1pm.

Temple Tending and Zendo Forms:
Cultivating the Spirit of Devotional Practice

With Cathy Toldi and Patrice Monsour. Sunday, July 22, 10am-noon.
We are offering a chance to learn and refine our practice of zendo forms: jiko (incense-carrier), doan (person who rings and bells and introduces the chant), fukudo (playing the wooden drum) – and chanting. We will practice whichever roles interest those who show up that day. We will also give attention to dusting and chidening: cleaning candles, incense and altar.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 25, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

Kobun Chino Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

Thursday, July 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

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

With Neti Parekh. July 26, 6:40PM
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.

Waking Up in the Natural World: a 3-Week Practice Focus with Rev. Cathy Toldi.

Together, we’ll explore the relationship between Zen practice and the other-than-human realm. You are welcome to join in any or all of these events:
Study Dogen’s Mountains and Waters Sutra
3 Sunday evenings, 6:40-8pm: July 22, 29, August 5.

Interactive journal dharma walks

Saturday, July 28, 9:30-1; Thursday, August 2, 9:30-1.
We will walk in silence, spend time doing guided journaling, and then share our writing (and/or drawing). These walks will be a few miles long, in local areas where we can experience “mountains and waters.”< Please meet by 9:15 at Zen Center in order to carpool to our starting place. You can email me at if you have any questions. Bring your own journal or paper and colored pens.

3-day sesshin
August 10-12.
You may sit 1, 2, or 3 days. Signup will be posted July 23: Signing up by August 6 will be greatly appreciated.

Sitting and working together
If you wish to be part of a group that sees each other more frequently during this time, you might consider joining me for the following events at Warm Jewel Temple:

  •        Sangha Day, 9:00-2:00: July 21
  •        Evening zazen, 5:45-6:35: July 23, 24, 26, 31, August 2, 6, 9
  •        Wed. evening zazen & dharma talks, 5:45-8: July 25, August 1, 8
  •        Practice zendo forms and tend the temple: July 22, 10-12 am; August 4, 2-4 pm

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Friday, July 27, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film: “Mandala”

Friday, July 27, 7-9pm (in community room).

This beautiful fictional film follows the lives of two Korean Zen Buddhist monk friends, portraying how practice, compassion, and awakening can naturally manifest in very different ways. 

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, July 28, 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.