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.

(No meetings 10/12, 11/30)

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, September 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.

Temple Cleaning and Zendo Forms: Cultivating the Spirit of Devotional Practice

With Cathy Toldi and Patrice Monsour. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2-4pm.
(See description on bulletin board at the temple.)

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Monday, September 24, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 26, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Annual Memorial Ceremony for Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji

Friday, September 28, 6:25 am, at time of morning service.

Liberating Life Ceremony

Saturday, September 29, 11:00-12:00.
Traditional Zen ceremony to release captive crickets from being killed

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 3, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

Annual Memorial Ceremony for Bodhidharma

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

Shuso Entering Ceremony and Opening Fall Practice Period

Wednesday, October 10, 6:35-7:30pm.
Rev. Getsuren Edie Brown will be formally invited to be shuso for the Fall Practice Period, followed by her “Way-Seeking Mind” talk, sharing how she came to Zen practice. There will be a short ceremony to open Practice Period, 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.

Fall Practice Period

October 10 - December 8
Practice Period is an opportunity to intensify your practice and settle into your life. You will design your own practice schedule that fits your home and work life. Your practice can be a mixture of:
- Meditation, at home or in the zendo.
- Sesshins: at least 1 full day during Oct. 11-14 or Nov. 29-Dec. 5.
- Classes: Sunday mornings Oct. 21 to Nov. 25 on Shitou's poem.
- Practice discussions with the Practice Leader or Head student:
at least 2 discussions during the Practice Period.
Fall Practice Period will be led by Practice Leader Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh and Head Student Rev. Edie Brown. Sign up by filling out a Practice Period form and giving it to either Patrick or Edie.

4-Day Sesshin

October 11-14 (4 days), 5:45am-9pm (ends by 1:30pm Sunday).
When we can clear our schedule for a few days and just sit together, we have the opportunity to settle more deeply into the Buddha Way. Former Abbot Katherine Thanas described sesshin as “a rest from the usual habits of mind.” Sesshin practice includes meditation, daily lecture by Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh, chanting (service), meal practice, and work practice. Attendees are encouraged to commit to at least two consecutive days in order to cultivate a more settled practice for yourself and for the other participants; if this is not possible, you may drop into any block of meditation periods or lecture that doesn't include mealtimes. $35/day for contributing members and $40/day for non-members, but your participation is the most important thing so any donation that fits your budget is all that is required.


Overnight sleeping accommodation available. Contact SCZC for more information.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 17, 6:35pm – Rev. Lien Shutt, a teacher at San Francisco Zen Center

Saturday Sangha

Saturday, October 20, 9:20-10am.
How do we honor our practice that's been handed down for generations, in a society that values newness? Is there a false dichotomy between tradition and innovation? Come join in an open discussion moderated by Dean Mathiowetz.

Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage

With Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh.
6 classes, October 21 - November 25; Sunday mornings, 10-11:30am.
“Song of the Grass-Roof Hermaitage” is a poem by Sekito Kisen, one of our Chinese Ancestors from the eighth century. It beautifully and simply describes zazen. It describes the Reality of our Life. It is a classic in Zen literature and has been recited and embodied for over twelve centuries. $10/class for contributing members and $13/class for non-members, but your participation is the most valuable thing, so any donation that fits your budget is all that is required.