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 commentaries on Dogen´s Genjo Koan. All are welcome to either or both events, free of charge. 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.


Writing to Explore the Heart
with Angie Boissevain

Sunday, July 27, 9:30am-3:30pm. (Please bring a bag lunch.) 
This class will combine meditation and free writing practices in order to cultivate our inspiration, natural intuition, and delight in the music and nonsense of words. There will be walks in the park, discussions, and blocks of time for free writing to liberate what's under our ordinary talk, and encourage trust in the music and truth to be found in our own personal language....including the nonsensical. See www.sczc.org/zenEvents.html for details.
$55 for sustaining members, $65 for all others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 30, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 6, 6:35pm – Robert Reese

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Monday, August 11, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 13, 6:35pm – Patrick Teverbaugh

5-Day Ocean Breeze Sesshin

Thursday, Aug. 14 - Monday, Aug. 18, 5am-9pm (ends by 5pm Mon.)
Each day includes talk by Patrick, ten periods of zazen, and oryoki meals. Please plan to participate in at least two full days if possible. Donation: $35 per day for Sustaining members and $40 for all others. Oryoki Bowls rental is $10.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 20, 6:35pm – Neti Parekh

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, August 23, 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, August 25, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 27, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Dogen Zenji’s “Bodhisattva’s Ways of Embrace”

4 Sunday evenings: August 31-September 21, 6:35-8pm.
Kokyo will offer a class series on Shobogenzo Bodaisatta Shishobo, the four compassionate methods of awakening beings: giving, kind speech, beneficial action, equality action. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.