The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Regularly Occurring 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 - Fridays 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.


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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

January 23, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Friday, January 25, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film: “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”

Friday, January 25, 7-9pm (in community room).

The sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the Imaginarium, an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. 

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, January 26, 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

January 30, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi