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.


Annual Memorial Ceremony for Dogen

Zenji and Keizan Zenji

Monday, September 29, 6:25 am, at time of morning service

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 1, 6:35pm – Cathy Toldi

Annual Memorial Ceremony for Bodhidharma

Monday, October 6, 6:25 am, at time of morning service

Shuso (Head Student) Entering Ceremony and Dharma Talk

Wednesday, October 8, 6:35 pm.
Rev. Shosan Jungyo, Ellen Richter, will be formally invited to be shuso for Winter Practice Period, followed by her “Way-Seeking Mind” talk, sharing how she came to Zen practice.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Thursday, October 9, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Soku and Server training

Sunday October 12, 1:30-4 in the zendo, led by Gene.

Please consider joining us for a practice session for sesshin servers and head servers. Both newbies and experienced servers are welcome

Opening Fall Practice Period (& entering Warming the Jewel/Hearth)

Wednesday, October 15, 6:35 pm.
A short ceremony to open the Practice Period and a short ceremony for anyone joining or completing the year-long “Warming the Jewel / Hearth” Programs, followed by Dharma talk with Kokyo Henkel. (Please fill out a personal commitment form by Oct. 10 to join.)

Denko-e Sesshin on “Transmission of Light”

October 16-20 (5 days), 5am-9pm (ends 5pm Monday).
Denko-e is a concentrated study retreat on several chapters of Keizan Zenji’s Denkoroku, the awakening stories of the Zen ancestors. Each day will include morning and afternoon teachings and discussion with Kokyo, as well as zazen and formal oryoki meals. It is possible to participate in any one day, as well as the whole sesshin.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 22, 6:35pm – Patrick Teverbaugh

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.
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

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.