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 Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo" on Kodo Sawaki Roshi's sayings. 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

January 28, 6:35pm – Patrick Teverbaugh

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, February 3, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 4, 6:35pm – Edward Brown

Breakaway Sumi-e with Michael Hofmann

Saturday, February 7, 10am-5pm (please bring a bag lunch)
Nanga (Southern Painting) emphasizes individuality and expressive
brush work and retains its Taoist roots. The workshop will be geared toward beginners but could be interesting for artists who usually work with more Western materials. There will be an emphasis on expressive and spontaneous brushwork rather than formal technique. Along with some guided instruction (stroke by stroke), there will be a variety of themes for individual exploration. $55 for sustaining members, $65 for others. See for details. 

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 11, 6:35pm – Cathy Toldi

Wednesday Evening Open Practice Period & Shosan

February 18, 6:35-7pm – Gene

To download the Practice Period from, click here.


What is Shosan?
Shosan is a ceremony of inquiry. During a shosan, you have the opportunity to meet a teacher face to face, to pose a question or make a comment. The teacher's role is to meet you completely. This event is sometimes raucous, sometimes tender, always intimate.

Parinirvana Sesshin – participate in all or part

Feb 20-22, 5am Friday through 3:30 Sunday
Suggested donation- $35 Sustaining member, $45 all others. Oryoki bowl rental, $10.

Buddha’s Parinirvana Ceremony

Sunday Feb 22, 3:45-4:30pm

Sobun Katherine Thanas Memorial ceremony

Tues Feb 24, 6:25-7 am

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

February 25, 6:35 – Patrice Monsour

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, Feb 28 10:00am - 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.

Practice Period Class series,
Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dhamma

Sundays March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, & April 5, 6:35-8pm

The theme our study in 2015 will be the Middle Way. We begin this exploration with a class on the Buddha's first teaching. In this sutra, Buddha defines suffering and teaches that the Middle Way is the practice of the eight-fold path. It will be co-taught by Revs. Gene Bush and Patrick Teverbaugh. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others. No one is turned away for lack of funds.