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.

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

With Andrew Porter - May 28th, June 4th, 11th & 25th, July 2nd, 23rd & 30th, Aug 6th, 20th & 27th, Sept 3rd, 17th & 24th, Oct 1st, 8th, 22nd & 29th, Nov 5th, 12th, & 26th, Dec 10th & 17th.

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva’s Conduct and Vows

4-week class series with Kokyo Henkel, May 15-June 5, 6:40-8pm.
The epic Flower Ornament Sutra ends with this bodhisattva’s inspirational expression of devotion to all buddhas and to all beings. Samantabhadra’s ten vows have been an important Mahayana Buddhist teaching and practice for many centuries and are the basis for many of our devotional practices of Zen. Sustaining Members, $10 per class. All others $12.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 25, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, May 28, 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 1, 6:35pm – Rev. Edie Browh

SCZC hosts "First Friday"

Friday, June 3, 6:45pm - 8:30pm.
Sangha members Shin I (illiustrations), Laurie McCann (mixed media}, and Michael Bashista (sculptures) will be presenting a sampling of their art. Light snacks and music.

Japanese Cultural Fair and Sejiki Ceremony

Satruday, June 4. Zen Center will open the JCF with a chant of well-being. While the fair continues in the park with taiko drumming, food and crafts, we will host chado tea ceremony, sejiki ceremony for departed ancestors, bonzai demonstration, ikebana flower arranging, and kimono show.

Pride Parade

Sunday, June 5, 10am-noon.
Celebrate diversity with other sangha members as we march with faith-based organizations, welcoming everyone to practice at Zen Center. This event is a lot of fun; walking in the sun, waving to the crowd, and manifesting the interconnectedness of our community!

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

June 8, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Sangha Support Net Workshop: sickness, suffering, old age, death

Saturday, June 11 and July 30, 1-4pm.
With Revs. Eugene Bush, Dana Takagi, and Edie Brown.
This two-part workshop is an invitation to consider the details of aging and dying with dignity. While perhaps of most interest to people 60 years and older, this workshop is useful for anyone including those who may be anticipating caring for a family elder. The first day will include an overview of the aspects of health care one must weigh, the emotional facets of preparing for illness or death, and practical resources for planning for the end of life. Between the first and second sessions, participants can prepare documents and set in motion a network of support. It will include using the “Five Wishes” format, establishing a health care directive and some preparations for how one would like to be remembered. While it is important to think these things through for our own benefit, the true recipients of our careful considerations are family members and friends. With health care directive and “Five Wishes”, caregivers are spared the difficulties of making many decisions because they have already been given guidance. Suggested donation: $25/day for sustaining members, $30 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

June 16, 6:35pm – Rev. Eijun Linda Cutts (Abbess of SFZC)

3-Day Summer Solstice “No Toys” Sesshin

with Kokyo Henkel. June 17-19, 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.