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.


Introduction to Zen

Saturday, June 24, 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

June 28, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 5, 6:35pm – Rev. Neti Parekh

Zen Center hosts "First Friday" Art Walk

Friday, July 7, 6:45-8:30pm
Featuring photography by Shelly Errington, painting by Sasha Neese, and sculpture by Mike McClellan. Includes live music and snacks.

Sangha Day

Saturday, July 8, 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.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Monday, July 10, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 12, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

3-Day “No Toys” Sesshin

With Rev. Patrick T. July 14, 15, 16, 5am-9pm (ends 4pm Sunday).

Completely silent retreat: no chanting, lectures, dokusan. Please plan to participate in entire sesshin. Suggested donation: $35/40 per day

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 19, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film

Friday, July 21, 7-9:30pm (in community room).

“Interstellar” is a science-fiction film ??????

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, July 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.

Living From Vow

Summer Sunday class series with Rev. Cathy Toldi
July 23 & 30, August 13, 6:45-8pm
“Vow is the dynamic day-to-day expression of the most fundamental aspect of your true nature.” (Shohaku Okumura) In this experiential class, we will create our own personal versions of the classic Bodhisattva vows; learn support structures and practices to actualize our vows in the midst of our endlessly imperfect daily lives. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Kobun Chino Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 26, 6:35pm TBA

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 2, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

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.