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 commentaries on Dogen´s Genjo Koan. All are welcome to either or both events, free of charge. 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.


Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 20, 6:35pm – Neti Parekh

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, August 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.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

August 27, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Dogen Zenji’s “Bodhisattva’s Ways of Embrace”

4 Sunday evenings: August 31-September 21, 6:35-8pm.
Kokyo will offer a class series on Shobogenzo Bodaisatta Shishobo, the four compassionate methods of awakening beings: giving, kind speech, beneficial action, equality action. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 3, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, September 9, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

September 10, 6:35pm – Edie Brown

One-Day Sitting and Liberating Life Ceremony

Saturday, September 13, 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 17, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Sangha Day

Saturday, September 20, 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 24, 6:35pm – Eugene Bush

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, September 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.

Annual Memorial Ceremony for Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji

Monday, September 29, 6:25 am, at time of morning service