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 Red Pine's commentary on the Diamond Sutra. 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 - 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.

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

With Andrew Porter -      Dec.12

Heart-Felt Zen: Support and Study Group. Sunday evenings, 5:00-6:20 pm

Facilitated by Cathy Toldi - Nov. 8, 22, 29

You are invited to join a facilitated discussion about integrating Dharma practice into our everyday lives. This fall, we will focus on practices that help us live from the heart: Generosity, Patience, Presence, and Creative Adaptation. These sessions will have two parts: From 5-5:30 pm, we especially welcome people new to Zen or to our sangha to bring any questions you might have. This will also be a time for open sharing, connecting from the heart, about our ups and downs. Then, from 5:30-6:20 pm, we will engage in discussion about our theme. No charge.

Nagarjuna’s Wisdom of the Middle Way

6-week class series with Kokyo Henkel, Oct 25 - Nov 29, 6:40-8pm.
The brilliant second-century Indian teacher Nagarjuna wrote one of the most profound and influential expositions of Buddha-Dharma, the Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way, elucidating the teachings of the interdependent arising of all things and emptiness of independent existence. Chapter 24 of this great work clarifies the heart of the middle way, which has the potential to free the mind from fixations in zazen and in everyday life. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others. (There will also be a discussion group led by Cathy Toldi before class, 5-6:20pm; see separate notice)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

December 2, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

Thursday, December 3, 6:25am, at time of morning service

Rohatsu Sesshin (Celebration of Buddha’s Awakening)

December 3-9 (7 days), 5am-9pm. (ends 7:30pm on Dec. 9 after Shosan Ceremony)
Each day will include morning teachings with Kokyo and formal oryoki meals. Please plan to attend at least two days, or whole sesshin if possible, to help support this most important retreat of the year – a chance to discover anew, clarify, and actualize our deepest intention.
Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others. Please sign up by November 28.

Buddha’s Awakening Ceremony, “Shosan” Inquiry and Response Ceremony, and Fall Practice Period closing

Wednesday, December 9.
To end sesshin, Buddha’s Awakening will be celebrated with offerings, chanting, and circumambulation at 5:00pm, followed by 5:45 zazen, and 6:35 Shosan Ceremony where everyone will have an opportunity to come forward and ask Kokyo a brief practice question (ceremony will be explained during the talk). The evening will end with a short ceremony to close Practice Period. All are welcome!

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

December 16, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, December 19, 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.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, December 22, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

December 23, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Zendo closed for Winter Break

Thursday, December 24, noon - Thursday, December 31, evening.
Zendo will open again on New Year’s Eve at 8:30pm.

New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31, 8:30pm-12:30am
Zazen and walking meditation from 8:30pm until midnight, when the New Year is welcomed in by ringing the bell 108 times (to release 108 delusions). Then there will be a fire in the courtyard, letting go of 2015 by burning up accumulated scraps and old habits that we aspire to drop away in the coming year. Tea and noodles will be served.

New Year’s Day Chanting of the Diamond Sutra

Friday, January 1, 1-2pm
Open the New Year with a recitation of the Prajna Paramita Diamond Sutra, the wisdom that cuts through delusion, dedicated to world peace. Free of charge. (Regular zendo schedule resumes Jan. 2)