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.

Smiling Heart QiGong -Tuesdays at 4:30 pm

Smiling Heart Qigong is a 1 hour beginners class that will be held weekly at 4:30 pm in the courtyard (weather permitting).  This gentle, rejuvenating exercise can be a great way to shake off the residues of the day while settling firmly into the present moment just before 5:45 pm zazen.  AND, recent studies have shown that meditation practiced in conjunction with mindful exercise results in reciprocal benefits for both; a kind of "Spiritual CrossFit." Join us, and bring a friend!  Canceled classes will be posted here.


Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha

6-week class series with Rev. Kokyo Henkel.
Sunday evenings, August 21-September 25, 6:35-8pm.
We will explore Dogen Zenji’s essay on refuge in the three treasures, Shobogenzo Kie Sanbo, and its meaning for our lives as practitioners.
Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 21, 6:35pm – Ven. Angie Muir, Tibetan nun

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, September 24, 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.

Jizo Ceremony for Children who have Died

With Rev. Cathy Toldi. Sunday, September 25 3 - 5 pm
We will have a ceremony of acknowledgement, grieving and release of grieving for children who have died, before or after birth, through disease, accident, abortion, miscarriage, or other forms of loss. This may be for your own child, or the child of a loved one.This can also be for children you do not personally know, but who have died because of war, hunger, or other kinds of human suffering. We will meditate together, sew a small garment, and place it on a figure of Jizo Bodhisattva, the protector of children and of those who are journeying into and out of this life.

Please bring a small piece of red cloth, needles and thread, and a thimble. If you wish, you may bring with you a statue of a compassion figure to dress with your garment and take home. Or you may leave your garment in the Santa Cruz Zen Center garden.

Free of charge; donations gratefully received. Please call ahead if you plan to come: 457-0206.

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 28, 6:35pm – Rev. Ellen Richter

Annual Memorial Ceremony for Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji

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

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

With Neti Parekh. Thursday, September 29, 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.

Annual Memorial Ceremony for Bodhidharma

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 5, 6:35pm – Rev. Michael Newhall

Ceremony of Receiving the Precepts (Jukai)

Sunday, October 9, 3-4pm, followed by reception.
Rachel Grad will receive the bodhisattva precepts from Kokyo, along with a rakusu (Buddha’s robe) she has sewn, and a Dharma name. Please come celebrate this joyful commitment to the bodhisattva’s way of kindness for all!

Opening Fall Practice Period

Wednesday, October 12, 6:35-7:30pm.

A short ceremony to open Practice Period, followed by zendo tea and Dharma talk with Kokyo. Practice Period is an 8-week time for making a deeper commitment to zen practice with the sangha, 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. 5. Please speak with Kokyo if interested in the year-long Jewels in the World study and practice program, which also begins on October 12).

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

October 13-17 (5 days), 5:45am-8:40pm (ends by 5pm Monday).
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.