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 - Starts Friday, Oct. 5, 6:45pm—7:45pm

Addiction affects all of us whether we're still using substances, have stopped using, or know someone who uses. Join us to explore what we need to hold on to and what we can let go of. This gathering of supportive Sangha Members includes meditation and discussion.


Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

December 19, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

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

With Neti Parekh. Thursday, December 20, 6:40-8pm (in zendo).
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.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Friday, December 21, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, December 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.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Zendo closed for Winter Break

Monday, Dec. 24, after morning servic. Reopens Monday, Dec. 31, with New Year's Eve Sitting and Ceremony

New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 31, 8:30pm-12:30am.
A short ceremony to close the year, followed by zazen and walking meditation from 8:30pm until midnight, when the New Year is welcomed in by ringing the bell 108 times (to release 108 delusions). Then there will be a fire in the courtyard, letting go of 2018 by burning names of the deceased from the altar, accumulated scraps, and old habits that we aspire to drop away in the coming year. Tea and hot food will be served.

New Year’s Day Chanting of the Diamond Sutra

Tuesday, January 1, 1-2pm.
Open the New Year with a recitation of the Prajna Paramita Diamond Sutra, the wisdom that cuts through delusion, dedicated to world peace. Free of charge. (Regular zendo schedule resumes Jan. 2)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

January 2, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

January 9, 6:35pm – Rev. Dana Takagi

Zazenkai, One-Day Sitting

Saturday, January 12, 8:30am-5pm.
Includes a lecture by Rev. Patrick in the morning and discussion in the afternoon. Please bring a bag lunch. Suggested donation: $15.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

January 9, 6:35pm – Rev. Dana Takagi

Foundations of Zen

With Revs. Eugene Bush and Cathy Toldi.
5 classes, January 13 - February 10; Sundays 6:30-8pm.

What does it mean to Study the Way? What activities are associated with arousing the effort required for Practice? This foundational series will touch on the early teachings of the Buddha and will familiarize participants with the most commonly used words, phrases and themes often heard in our zendo. Suggested donation: $10/class

Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community

Tuesday, January 15, 6:45-8pm.
A study discussion group based on the book by Larry Yang, led by Val Miranda, with Rev. Cathy Toldi."A dharma book that is a road map showing the collective pathways out of social suffering, embracing the pain of oppression and inequity as integral to the ground of compassion and spiritual practice." (3rd meeting)