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 Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo" on Kodo Sawaki Roshi's sayings. 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.

Smiling Heart QiGong - Saturday Mornings, 9:30-10:30am,

Mar. 7&28, Apr. 4,18,25 May 2,9,23,30 June 6,13,27 July 4&25 Aug.1,22,29 Sept.5,26 Oct.3,10,24,31 Nov.7,28 Dec.12


Practice Period Class series,
Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dhamma

Sundays March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, & April 5, 6:35-8pm

The theme our study in 2015 will be the Middle Way. We begin this exploration with a class on the Buddha's first teaching. In this sutra, Buddha defines suffering and teaches that the Middle Way is the practice of the eight-fold path. It will be co-taught by Revs. Gene Bush and Patrick Teverbaugh. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 4, 6:35pm – Patrick Teverbaugh

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

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

Mahapajapati Memorial

Monday March 9, 6:25-7:00 am

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 11, 6:35pm – Hannah Meara

Day Sit, Tea Ceremony, and Creativity with Patrick and Gerow

Saturday March 14. 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

During a day of meditation and mindfulness, we will have instruction in Tea Ceremony then decorate the Tea House with our own flower arrangements, calligraphy and artwork. We will compose verses for each other to appreciate while we drink the Tea. This Day-sit provides the opportunity to experience Tea Ceremony and your own creativity with the Mind and Body of zazen.

Please bring art supplies, pen and paper. Some calligraphy supplies will be available. Bring a bag lunch.

Sustaining Members - $25, All others, $30.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 18, 6:35-7pm – Dana Takagi

Sangha Day and lunch pot luck meal

Saturday March 21, 9:15 am

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 25, 6:35 –Rev. Eugene Bush

Kobun Chino Memorial ceremony

Thursday, March 26 6:25 -7:00 am

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, March 28, 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.