Single-minded activity, zazen in motion

Temple Practice


The Santa Cruz Zen Center has been supported by a long history of volunteerism. Cleaning, gardening and other work tasks such as these are completed with the same reverence as meditation itself, because immersing your whole self in a task is a form of mindfulness.

Sangha Day is a time for the community to come together and care for the temple. Join us on a Saturday every couple of months for a few hours of temple work followed by a potluck lunch. Check the annual calendar for dates.

Soji, which takes place right after morning service and meditation is a brief period of work practice. The doshi will distribute work tasks outside of the zendo immediately after service. As with other forms of practice, there are ceaseless opportunities. If the path needs sweeping, we sweep. If the bathroom needs mopping, we mop. Caring for the temple is an expression of reverence, devotion and single minded activity.

Please contact us if you would like to learn ceremonial forms and/or receive coaching and deepen your practice in working with forms.



Upcoming Temple Practice Opportunities at SCZC

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