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.

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.


Tenzo Kyokun, Dogen’s Instructions to the Cook

(with Cathy Toldi) 5 Sun mornings: Oct 26-Nov 23, 10-11:30.
Through this text and through our daily activities, we will explore how to "live out the vivid and dynamic quality of our life as a total self, in whatever circumstances arise." This class won't involve hands-on kitchen work: it's about cooking our lives. 
Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Arousing the Awakening Mind, Dogen Zenji on Bodhichitta

(with Kokyo Henkel) 6 Sunday evenings: Oct 26-Nov 30, 6:35-8pm.
Kokyo will offer a class series on Dogen’s “Shobogenzo Hotsu Bodaishin,” exploring the aspiration to realize awakening for the benefit of all beings. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others. (There will also be a tea and discussion group with the shuso, 5:30-6:20pm).

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 19, 6:35pm – Rev. Satya Vayu (teacher at Touching Earth Sangha in Portland)

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, November 22, 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

Wednesday, November 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 26, 6:35pm – Eugene Bush

Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

Thursday, November 27, 5-7pm.
Celebrate gratitude for the gifts of the earth, life, community, and the present moment. Please bring some food to share for a vegetarian feast (no noon or evening zazen this day).

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, December 2, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

December 3, 6:35pm – Shuso Ellen Richter

Rohatsu Sesshin (Celebration of Buddha’s Awakening)

December 4-10 (7 days), 5am-9pm.
Each day will include morning teachings with Kokyo and formal oryoki meals. Please plan to attend at least two days, or whole sesshin if possible, to help support this most important retreat of the year – a chance to discover anew, clarify, and actualize our deepest intention.
Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others. Oryoki Bowl rental, $10 for sesshin.

Shuso Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
(plus Buddha’s Awakening Ceremony and Practice Period closing)

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30-7:30pm.
To end sesshin, Buddha’s Awakening will be celebrated with offerings, chanting, and circumambulation at 5:00 pm, followed by 5:45 zazen, and a Dharma Inquiry Ceremony with Shuso Ellen Richter at 6:30 pm, instead of the usual Dharma talk. Everyone will have an opportunity to come forward and ask a brief practice question.

Practicing Compassionate Presence with the Incarcerated

Tuesday, December 16, 2:40-4:30pm.
It is easy to ignore suffering if we never see it. All are welcome to a tour of the Main Jail in Santa Cruz at 259 Water Street. Hidden behind the trees across from the Court House, it is easy to forget that it is there. To visit is eye-opening: we will see the conditions but will not meet the prisoners directly. Zen Center practitioners involved in working with the incarcerated will be present for the tour and a meeting afterwards to discuss the experience: Chuck Overley and Cathy Toldi who take meditation into the jails, Laurie McCann who pen-pals with inmates in prison, Laurie Bair who takes 12-step meetings inside for inmates. We hope you can join us. Meet at SCZC at 2:40; we will leave by 2:45.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

December 17, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel