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 Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza". 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.

Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha

6-week class series with Rev. Kokyo Henkel.
Sunday evenings, August 21-September 25, 6:35-8pm.
We will explore Dogen Zenji’s essay on refuge in the three treasures, Shobogenzo Kie Sanbo, and its meaning for our lives as practitioners.
Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 24, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Intro to Zen

Saturday, August 27, 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.

Sourdough Bread Workshop, a Fundraiser for Global Sangha

With Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh, Friday August 26 (evening)- Sunday, August 28 (morning).

Help support Global Sangha projects and learn to bake sourdough bread too! $75 (includes all ingredients and Saturday lunch). Talk to Patrick for details.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 31, 6:35pm – Rev. Shoho Kuebast

First Friday Artists

Sept 2 is our last participation in First Friday as we lose the evening sun. Michael Newhall and Carrier Toder exhibit paintings and prints. Rane Hoogner brings her woven baskets. Music and light refreshments as usual. 6:35 - 8:30

Stone and Self Workshop

With sculptor, Michael Bashista, Saturday Sept 3 and Sunday Sept 4, all day.
Using hand tools we will rough out, refine, sand, and polish alabaster stone. It's an opportunity to explore one's attachments in a completely new, evolving relationship. $110 for sustaining members, $130 for all others. Bring a lunch.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 7, 6:35pm – Ven. Drimay Gudmundsson, a nun living at Land of Medicine Buddha.

Sangha Day

Saturday, September 10, 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.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 14, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Friday, September 16, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

One-Day Sitting and Liberating Life Ceremony

Saturday, September 17, 8:30am-5pm.
Includes lecture in the morning by Kokyo. Please bring bag lunch. After the sitting, at 5pm, there will be a traditional Liberating Life Ceremony for releasing captive crickets from being killed.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 21, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, September 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.

Jizo Ceremony for Children who have Died

With Rev. Cathy Toldi. Sunday, September 25 3 - 5 pm
We will have a ceremony of acknowledgement, grieving and release of grieving for children who have died, before or after birth, through disease, accident, abortion, miscarriage, or other forms of loss. This may be for your own child, or the child of a loved one.This can also be for children you do not personally know, but who have died because of war, hunger, or other kinds of human suffering. We will meditate together, sew a small garment, and place it on a figure of Jizo Bodhisattva, the protector of children and of those who are journeying into and out of this life.


Please bring a small piece of red cloth, needles and thread, and a thimble. If you wish, you may bring with you a statue of a compassion figure to dress with your garment and take home. Or you may leave your garment in the Santa Cruz Zen Center garden.


Free of charge; donations gratefully received. Please call ahead if you plan to come: 457-0206.

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Monday, September 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.