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 Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza". All are welcome to either or both events, free of charge.

Koan Study Group - Fridays, 1-2pm

Contemplate and explore koans 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.

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 Winter Practice Period

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

A short ceremony to open Practice Period, followed by Dharma talk with Gene. Practice Period is a 10-week time for making a deeper commitment to zen practice with the sangha, to support others while being supported by others. To join, see participation guidelines and fill out a personal commitment form (available at zendo) by Jan. 4. Practice Period participants’ tea will be Sunday, Jan 15, 5-5:30pm. FOR A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION, CLICK HERE, FOR A PDF

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Thursday, January 12, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)


January 13-15 (3 days), 5:45am-8:30pm (ends by 5pm last day).
Each day will include morning teachings with Dana and Gene and formal oryoki meals. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others. Friday 5:45am - 8:45pm, Sat. 6:10am - 8:30pm, Sun 6:10am - 5:00pm.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

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

Presidential Inauguration Day Morning Sitting

Friday, January 20, 9:20-11:30am (including ceremony for peace).

9:20 zazen, 10:00 kinhin, 10:10 zazen, 10:40 kinhin, 10:50 zazen, 11:20 chanting of Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo dedicated to peace, harmony, and well-being for our country. All are welcome at any time.

Shukke Tokudo, Priest Ordination for Nannette & Chuck Overley

Sunday, January 22, 2-4pm.
Chuck and Nannette will be ordained as priests by Rev. Eugene Bush, in a ceremony where they receive robes, bowls, and precepts. Please come celebrate this joyful commitment to the bodhisattva’s way! (followed by reception)

The All-Inclusive Way: Non-separation Informs our Action

4-week class series with Revs. Gene Bush and Dana Takagi.
Sunday evenings: Jan 22, Feb 12, Feb 19, March 12, 6:35-8pm.

Suggested donation: $40/series for sustaining members, $52 for others. An informal drop-in discussion group with Dana will meet during the intervening weeks on these Sunday evenings: Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 26, March 5, during zazen time 5:45-6:25pm

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

January 25, 6:35pm – Revs. Chuck and Nannette Overley

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony
Thursday, January 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film

Friday, January 27, 7-9:30pm (in community room).
“Ikiru” (“To Live”), directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1952, tells the story of a bureaucrat looking for meaning in the last weeks of his life. It was Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s favorite film.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, January 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.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 1, 6:35pm – Rev. Dana Takagi

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 8, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Friday, February 10, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 15, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

Parinirvana Zazenkai, One-Day Sitting

Saturday, February 18, 8:30am-5pm.
Led by Revs. Eugene Bush and Dana Takagi. Includes oryoki lunch and Buddha’s Parinirvana Ceremony. Suggested donation: $25.