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 -   Sept. 26   Oct.3, 10, 24, 31   Nov.7, 28   Dec.12

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

Facilitated by Cathy Toldi - Oct. 4, 11, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, 29, Dec. 1

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.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 7, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

Ceremony of Receiving the Precepts (Jukai)

Sunday, October 11, 2-3pm, followed by reception.
Richard Salzberg and David Ramirez will receive the bodhisattva precepts, along with a rakusu (Buddha's robe) they have sewn, and a Dharma name. Please come celebrate this joyful commitment to the bodhisattva's way of kindness for all!

Ceremony of Changing Inos (Zendo Overseers)

Wednesday, October 14, 6:25 am, at time of morning service.
Chuck and Nannette Overley will step down as co-inos and Neti Parekh and Mary Knudtson will step up as new co-inos.

Opening Fall Practice Period (& Entering Jewels in the World)

Wednesday, October 14, 6:35 pm.

A short ceremony to open Practice Period, followed by zendo tea and Dharma talk with Kokyo. Practice Period is an 8-week time for making a deeper commitment to zen practice with the sangha, to support others while being supported by others. Participants in P.P. commit to attending at least 3 zazen periods a week at Zen Center, 5 of the 6-week class series, 5 Wed. evening Dharma talks (or other weekly Dharma event: Tuesday morning, Friday afternoon, or Sunday evening), 3 of the 13 sesshin days, and one dokusan practice discussion with Kokyo. (Please fill out a personal commitment form by Oct. 10 to join P.P., and speak with Kokyo if interested in the year-long Jewels in the World study and practice program).

Genzo-e Sesshin on “the Wholehearted Way”

October 15-19 (5 days), 5am-9pm (ends 5pm Monday).
Genzo-e is a concentrated study retreat on a chapter of Dogen Zenji’s Shobogenzo. In this retreat we will examine “Wholehearted Endeavor of the Way” (Bendowa), one of Dogen’s most important teachings about zazen. Each day includes morning & afternoon talks by Kokyo.
Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 21, 6:35pm – Rev. Dana Takagi. Also this evening there will be a departing ceremony for long-term sangha members Rev. Hannah Meara and Chuck and Nannette Overley. 

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Friday, October 23, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, October 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.

Potluck Dinner and Skit Night, Evening of Talent Sharing

Saturday, October 24, 5pm dinner, 6pm skits, etc...
Dear all near and far, the BIG show is coming to town! What is that? It's condensed Fun that comes from looking at ourselves.
How do we do that? By coming and participating, through a song, poetry, jokes, musical performances, or short plays among friends, anything you would like to share. Please sign up on the zendo bulletin board soon!

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)

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, October 27, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)