The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Weekly Events

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Mondays, 7 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast in the community room at 7am most Mondays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:15-8:15am. Currently we are reading and discussing "Dongshan's Five Ranks: Keys to Enlightenment" by Ross Bolleter. All are welcome, free of charge.

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Tuesdays, 7am - 8:30 am

Breakfast with conversation in the community room at 7am most Tuesdays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:45-8:30am. Currently we are reading "Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara: A Practitioner's Guide" by Ben Connelly. All are welcome to either or both events, free of charge..

Koan Study Group - Fridays, 1-2pm

Explore the koans in the "Blue Cliff Record", with Neti Parekh, in the zendo. A koan will be posted on the bulletin board the week before, with copies available. Anyone may attend any of the sessions, free of charge.

Monthly Thursday Evening Discussion Group - Third Thursday of month, 6:40-8pm.

"Jewels in the World" with Kokyo Henkel. We meet monthly to discuss some topic regarding Dharma or Zen practice, especially relevant to daily life in the midst of the world. One of the group members volunteers to bring a discussion topic for the next month, and facilitates the conversation.  All are welcome, 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 RETURNS - Sundays at 10 - 11 am

Andrew Porter will resume free beginners' qigong classes.Dates: Mar 4, 11, and 25, Apr 15, 22, and 29, May 6, 20, 27


How Do We Respond? Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Buddhist Practice

With Neti Parekh. Thursday, February 22, 6:40-8pm (in zendo).
This open discussion group will meet regularly to share information, views, and insights into how our Buddhist practice can intersect with the unfolding global climate crisis. All are welcome.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Friday, February 23, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, February 24, 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.

Shuso (Head Student) Entering Ceremony and Dharma Talk

Wednesday, February 28, 6:35 pm.
Doka Richard Salzberg will be formally invited to be shuso for the Spring Practice Focus, followed by his "Way-Seeking Mind" talk, sharing how he came to Zen practice.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Thursday, March 1, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening: Opening the Spring Practice Focus

March 7, 6:35pm - 7:30pm – A short ceremony to open the Spring Practice Focus, followed by zendo tea and Dharma talk with Kokyo. This “Practice Focus” is a 5-week time (March 7-April 11) for making a deeper commitment to zen practice with the sangha, to support others while being supported by others. To join, please fill out a personal commitment form (on top of zendo shoe rack) by March 4.

Acharya Mahapajapati Annual Memorial Ceremony

Thursday, March 8, 6:25am, at time of morning service.
We will remember our first ordained woman disciple of Buddha.

Sangha Day

Saturday, March 10, 9:20am-1pm.
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 at 1pm.

Radiant Light and Nonseparation (Dogen Zenji’s “Komyo”)

4-week class series with Rev. Kokyo Henkel.
Sunday evenings, March 11-April 1, 6:35-8pm.
A Zen ancestor once said, “The entire world of the ten directions is the radiant light of the self. The entire world of the ten directions is within the radiant light of the self. In the entire world of the ten directions, there is not a single person that is not the self.” Come explore the wondrous meaning and implications of these profound meditation instructions, together with the Warm Jewel sangha. 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

March 14, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Katherine Thanas Celebration and Book Reading with Natalie Goldberg

Saturday, March 17; come for the whole day or just the afternoon.A day to celebrate the life of Katherine, the previous teacher and abbot at SC Zen Center, and her new book “The Truth of This Life.”
8:30-11:45am Zazen and Kinhin
11:45-noon Katherine Thanas Roshi Memorial Service
12-1pm Lunch, 1-2pm Sharing Circle
2-4pm Selected Readings by Natalie Goldberg and Bill Anelli (editors of the new book), tea, dessert, book sales, and book signing.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 21, 6:35pm – Shuso Richard Salzberg

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, March 24, 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

Monday, March 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 28, 6:35pm – TBA

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Thursday, March 30, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)