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 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,

Resuming January 17, with Neti Parekh, in the zendo. Contemplate and explore koans together. 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.

Shodo Calligraphy Class with Yoshi Shibata

Four Sunday afternoons: April 13,20, May 11,18, 2:30-5pm.

Learn the fundamentals of Shodo Japanese Calligraphy using traditional ink and brush. See flyer or

Nourishing the Sangha: Kitchen Practice with Tenzo Cathy Toldi

Saturday, April 19, 9:30am-noon.
We will have a brief introduction to Dogen's Zen principles of kitchen practice, followed by hands-on instruction in cooking breakfast, oriented towards cooking for sesshin (zen retreats).

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 23, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Thursday, April 24, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, April 26, 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.

Potluck Dinner and Skit Night, Evening of Talent Sharing

Saturday, April 26, 5pm dinner, 6pm skits. In the zendo.
Laugh, sing, appreciate, share, be inspired, get goofy, and generally love your sangha (please sign up on bulletin board).

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 30, 6:35pm – Nannette Overley

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 7, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

One-Day Sitting

Saturday, May 10, 8:30am-5pm.
The day includes a lecture by Cathy Toldi in the morning and tea with discussion in the afternoon. Please bring a bag lunch.

Four Bodhisattva Vows

with Eugene Bush, 4-week class May 11, 18, 25, June 15, 6:35-8pm.
We often recite the four Bodhisattva vows (“Beings are number-less…”), even knowing that they seem impossible. This class series will focus on their meaning and their relationship to the Four Noble Truths. We will identify an archetypal figure in our literature for each one, and study one female and one male ancestor whose life exemplified the qualities of each vow. With this undertaking we will be prepared to apply this essential teaching to the actions of our daily lives. Suggested donation: $10/13.