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 Red Pine's commentary on the Diamond Sutra. 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 - Friday evenings, 6:45-7:45pm,

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.

Smiling Heart QiGong - Saturday Mornings, 9:30-10:30am,

With Andrew Porter -   Aug.1, 22, 29   Sept.5, 26   Oct.3, 10, 24, 31   Nov.7, 28   Dec.12

Kobun Chino Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

Monday, July 27, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 29, 6:35pm – Jiryu Rutschman-Byler

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Friday, July 31, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

The Middle Way at Home and Work Workshop with Shoho Kuebast
Saturday, August 1, 9:30-12

We all yearn to extend our calm and insight from the cushion to our field of activities. In this workshop we will explore ways to do this based on what the Buddhist tradition has passed down over the centuries. Framing our experience on Mahayana teachings including the teaching of the five buddha families, we will look into practical applications for making our life meaningful. Suggested donation: $25 for sustaining members, $30 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

Aug 6, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Denko-e Sesshin on Keizan Zenji’s “Transmission of Light”

August 6-10 (5 days), 5am-9pm (ends 4pm Monday).
Denko-e is a concentrated study retreat on several chapters of Keizan’s Denkoroku, the awakening stories of the Zen ancestors. Each day will include teachings and discussion with Kokyo and oryoki meals. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others. Oryoki bowl rental is $10.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

Aug 12, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Basket Making

Workshop with Brian Bielefeld and Gene Bush.
Sunday, August 16, 10am-4pm.
This class will get you started in the ancient craft of basket making. In the words of Brian, “Basket making requires paying attention to the process. If the mind wanders, the basket wanders.” Join us for this exploration of embodied practice – synchronizing hand and mind to create an artifact of natural elegance. $70 for members, $80 for others, including cost of materials. See for details.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

Aug 19, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, August 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.

The Heart Sutra

Class series with Rev. Kokyo Henkel.
6 Sunday evenings: August 23-September 27, 6:35-8pm.
The lion-like roar of “form itself is emptiness, emptiness itself form” resounds throughout the universe as a direct expression of the middle way. The Heart Sutra is chanted every morning at SCZC and in Mahayana Buddhist temples around the world. As Red Pine writes, “The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell.” Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

Aug 26, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Friday, August 28, 5:45-6:30pm (in place of evening zazen)

Introduction to Koans

Workshop with Neti Parekh. Saturday, August 29, 9:30-12.
Koans are unusual dialogs or descriptions that draw on metaphor to express the Dharma in non linear ways. They offer an opportunity to leap clear of logical thinking and taste the teachings in personal and unexpected ways. We will take up reading, contemplating, and discussing a small number of koans from the Gateless Barrier. We will work in pairs and in small groups, noticing what thoughts and associations arise as we endeavor to unpack, and be unpacked by, these ancient stories. No experience is necessary. Suggested donation: $25/day for sustaining members, $30 for others.