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.


Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Memorial Ceremony

Friday, October 24, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, October 25, 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.

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).

Offering to Hungry Ghosts Ceremony

Wednesday October 29, 6:30-7:30pm

In this ceremony called sejiki (a.k.a. segaki) we call forth the restless, unsatisfied yearnings of our own life, inviting them to be known, cared for, and released – as well

as raising the deep intention to nourish all hungry spirits in the world, and remembering departed ancestors and friends. Offerings of food will be made, and we will chant together for all hungry ghosts and departed spirits.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 5, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

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

One-Day Sitting

Saturday, November 8, 8:30am-5pm.
The day includes a lecture by Kokyo in the morning and tea with discussion in the afternoon. Please bring a bag lunch.

Suggested donation - $12 for Sustaining Members and $15 for all others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 12, 6:35pm – Shuso Ellen Richter

Sangha Day and All-Sangha Meeting

Saturday, November 15, 9:20am-3pm with potluck lunch,
followed by meeting 3-5.
Sangha Day is a time to come together and help take care of the temple and grounds: cleaning the zendo, gar­dening, etc. Please bring something for a potluck lunch. The annual All-Sangha Meeting is an opportunity to hear first-hand about what is happening at SCZC, our financial health, and to give input to the Board about things you would like to see happen at Zen Center. Please join in the conversation.