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 - Friday evenings, 6:45-7:45pm,

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 - Apr. 25   May 2, 9, 23, 30   June 6, 13, 27   July 4 & 25   Aug.1, 22, 29   Sept.5, 26   Oct.3, 10, 24, 31   Nov.7, 28   Dec.12

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 29, 6:35pm – Chuck Overley

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center Retreat

May 3-5, Sunday afternoon - Tuesday afternoon

Annual retreat with Santa Cruz ZC and Monterey Bay ZC, with one-day sitting in the zendo on Monday (including oryoki meals and talk by Kokyo) and joining the community work practice on Tuesday. $100, space is limited; please sign up with full payment at the zendo to reserve a place.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Monday, May 4, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 6, 6:35pm – Patrick Teverbaugh

Stone and Self

with Michael Bashista, Friday Evening, May 8 - Sunday, May 10.

Stone carving workshop: $110 sustaining members $130 others (includes one 20-30 lb stone and use of hand tools). See flyer at zendo or for details.

The Nature of Things

4 Sunday evenings: May 10-31, 6:35-8pm.
Kokyo will offer a class series on Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo Hossho, "The Nature of Things." Dharmata, or suchness, is the middle way: not holding things as truly existing or rejecting things as nothing at all. As the ancient ancestor Mazu said, "All living beings, for infinite eons, have never left absorption in the nature of things: wearing clothes, eating, conversing - the functions of the six sense faculties, and all activities, all are the nature of things." How do we live in accord with such a way? Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 13, 6:35pm – Shoho Kuebast

Sangha Day

Saturday, May 16, 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

May 20, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, May 23, 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.

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Friday, May 26, 6:25 am, at time of morning service.