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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 Third Turning of the Wheel" by Reb Anderson. All are welcome to either or both events, free of charge..

Koan Study Group - Fridays, 1-2pm

Explore the koans in the "Blue Cliff Record", 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. No meeting April 3 and 10.

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.


Winter Practice Period

Beginning Wednesday, January 11

Practice Period is a 10-week time for making a deeper commitment to zen practice with the sangha, to support others while being supported by others. FOR A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION, CLICK HERE, FOR A PDF.

The All-Inclusive Way: Non-separation Informs our Action

4-week class series with Revs. Gene Bush and Dana Takagi.
Sunday evenings: Jan 22, Feb 12, Feb 19, March 12, 6:35-8pm.

Suggested donation: $40/series for sustaining members, $52 for others. An informal discussion group with Dana will meet during the intervening weeks on these Sunday evenings: Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 26, March 5, during zazen time 5:45-6:25pm. Practice Period participants should attend at least three of the four meetings.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, February 25, 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

March 1, 6:35pm – Rev. Dana Takagi

Acharya Mahapajapati Annual Memorial Ceremony

Wednesday, March 8, 6:25am, at time of morning service.
We will remember our first ordained woman disciple of Buddha.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 8, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Sangha Day

Saturday, March 11, starts at 9:20am.
Sangha Day is a time to come together and help take care of the temple and grounds: cleaning the zendo, making candles, gar­dening, etc. Please bring something for a potluck lunch.

Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude

Saturday, March 11, 7:00pm - 8:30 Free.
In this movie Zen calligrapher and painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han, “armed with rice paper, ink, brush, and a collection of Zen teachings and Koans, opens the door to a world of magical brush strokes and enchanted students.” Alok will be giving a 2-day workshop here at SCZC on June 24-25 (http://www.sczc.org/zenEvents.html); this film gives a great sense of Alok and his spirit, which may help you to see if you are interested in attending. There will be tea and cookies.  People may stay and ask questions afterwards. 

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Monday, March 13, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 15, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Sesshin

March 17-19 (3 days), 5:45am-8:30pm (ends by 5pm last day).
Each day will include morning teachings with Dana and Gene and formal oryoki meals. Practice Period will end at the end of sesshin. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 22, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, March 25, 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.