The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Weekly Events

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Mondays, 7 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast in the community room at 7am most Mondays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:15-8:15am. Currently we are reading and discussing "Dongshan's Five Ranks: Keys to Enlightenment" by Ross Bolleter. All are welcome, free of charge.

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Tuesdays, 7am - 8:30 am

Breakfast with conversation in the community room at 7am most Tuesdays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:45-8:30am. 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 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 Study Group - Third Thursday of month, 6:40-8pm.

Dharma study and discussion group with Kokyo Henkel. Currently we are reading and discussing "The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Ancestor" with commentary by Red Pine. All are welcome, free of charge.

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.


Living with Dignity

Aug 12 and Sept 10. 1-4pm Led by Revs. Gene Bush, Dana Takagi, and Edie Brown

Join us for a two-part workshop on living with dignity. Our perspective is a mix of person-centered preferences and Buddhist teachings on being connected to ourselves and others. Part 1 is an overview of practical aspects of health care directives and the importance of connected conversation about our and others' preferences for aging and dying. We will provide key documents, for example, Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, Advance Health Care Directives, Five Wishes, and Buddhist-based directives. Part 2 will focus on how our plans, documents, and wishes operate in different contexts, hospice, and recent changes in law (California Right to Die), Buddhist rituals and ceremony for suffering and end of life. Please attend part 2 only if you have attended part 1.

Saturday Sangha

Saturday, August 19, 9:15-10am – moderated by Rev. Shin-I Good.
A brief article, “Using the Energy of Anger” by Ezra Bayda, author and teacher at San Diego Zen Center, will be read. Participants are encouraged to share comments about the reading and insights related to their practice around the theme in an open discussion.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 23, 6:35pm – Rev. Shohaku Okumura Rosh

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Thursday, August 24, 6:25am, at time of morning service

How Do We Respond? Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Buddhist Practice

With Neti Parekh. Thursday, August 24, 6:40-8pm (in zendo).
This open discussion group will meet regularly to share information, views, and insights into how our Buddhist practice can intersect with the unfolding global climate crisis. All are welcome.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, August 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

August 30, 6:35pm – Patrice Monsour

Zen Center hosts "First Friday" Art Show

Friday, September 1, 6:45-8:30pm
Featuring monoprints by Ziggy Rendler-Bregman, sculpture by Rosie Penhallow, painting by Hayley Still. Includes live music & snacks.

Zazenkai, Half-Day Sitting with Liberating Life Ceremony

Saturday, September 2, 8:30am-12:00, ceremony at noon.
Includes a Dharma talk by Rev. Kokyo Henkel. Liberating Life Ceremony will release captive crickets from being killed. Suggested donation: $7 for sustaining members, $10 for everyone else.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 6, 6:35pm – Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 13, 6:35pm – Rev. Edie Brown