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.

The weekly meeting discussing Buddhist practice with addictions, emotions, and relationships is on hiatus. Leave a message for Rev. Teverbaugh at the above number.

Smiling Heart QiGong - Sundays at 10 - 11 am

Please check back to learn when Andrew Porter will resume free beginners' qigong classes.


Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

June 20, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

3-day Genzo-e Sesshin on “The Ten Directions” (Dogen Zenji’s Shobogenzo Jippo)

June 21 (6pm) - 24 (1pm), at Jikoji Zen Center, with Kokyo Henkel.
Genzo-e sesshin is an opportunity for a deep exploration of the teachings of Dogen Zenji. Taught by Kokyo Henkel, Jikoji and Santa Cruz Zen Center will gather together in the tradition of the ancient monastics to delve into the Shobogenzo as text and as experience. 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. $60/day, including lodging. Call Jikoji to register: (408) 741-9562.

Dedication of the Katherine Thanas Memorial Dokusan Building

Sunday, June 24, 4-5pm. Ceremony and simple reception.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

June 27, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Thursday, June 28, 5:45-6:30pm (in place of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

June 27, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 4, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 11, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Zazenkai, Half-Day Sitting

Saturday, July 14, 7:45am-noon, followed by optional potluck lunch.
Includes a Dharma dialog at 10:15 by Eugene Bush. Come to all or part. Suggested donation: $7 for sustaining members, $10 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

July 18, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

Jewels in the World

Thursday, July 19, 6:40-8pm.
Monthly evening discussion group on some topic regarding Dharma or Zen practice, especially relevant to daily life. Everyone is welcome.

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

With Neti Parekh. NO MEETING June 28. NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING WILL BE IN JULY 26
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.