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 Red Pine's commentary on the Diamond Sutra. 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.

Smiling Heart QiGong - Saturday Mornings, 9:30-10:30am,

With Andrew Porter - May 23, 30   June 6, 13, 27   July 4 & 25   Aug.1, 22, 29   Sept.5, 26   Oct.3, 10, 24, 31   Nov.7, 28   Dec.12


The Nature of Things

4 Sunday evenings: May 10-31, 6:35-8pm.
Kokyo will offer a class series on Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo Hossho, "The Nature of Things." Dharmata, or suchness, is the middle way: not holding things as truly existing or rejecting things as nothing at all. As the ancient ancestor Mazu said, "All living beings, for infinite eons, have never left absorption in the nature of things: wearing clothes, eating, conversing - the functions of the six sense faculties, and all activities, all are the nature of things." How do we live in accord with such a way? Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, May 23, 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

Tuesday, May 26, 6:25 am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 27, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

June 3, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Japanese Cultural Fair - June 6

Zen Center will open the JCF with a chant for well-being. While the Fair continues in the park with taiko drumming, other performances, food and crafts, we will host chado tea ceremony, bonzai tree growing demonstration, ikebana flower arranging, and kimono show.

Pride Parade

Sunday, June 7, 10am-noon.
Celebrate diversity with other sangha members as we march with faith-based organizations, welcoming everyone to practice at SCZC. Spend a sunny morning together, waving to the crowd and manifesting the interconnectedness of our community!

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

June 10, 6:35pm – to be announced

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

June 17, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

3-Day Summer Solstice “No Toys” Sesshin

with Kokyo Henkel. June 19-21, 5am-9pm (ends 4pm Sunday).
Completely silent retreat: no chanting, lectures, dokusan. Please plan to participate in entire sesshin. Suggested donation: $35/40 per day.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

Wednesday, June 24, 6:25am, at time of morning service.