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 "The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza". 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 - Contact SCZC ( 457-0206 ). Leave message for Rev. Teverbaugh.

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 -Tuesdays at 4:30 pm

Smiling Heart Qigong is a 1 hour beginners class that will be held weekly at 4:30 pm in the courtyard (weather permitting).  This gentle, rejuvenating exercise can be a great way to shake off the residues of the day while settling firmly into the present moment just before 5:45 pm zazen.  AND, recent studies have shown that meditation practiced in conjunction with mindful exercise results in reciprocal benefits for both; a kind of "Spiritual CrossFit." Join us, and bring a friend!  Canceled classes will be posted here.


Annual Memorial Ceremony for Bodhidharma

Wednesday, October 5, 6:25 am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 5, 6:35pm – Rev. Michael Newhall

Ceremony of Receiving the Precepts (Jukai)

Sunday, October 9, 3-4pm, followed by reception.
Rachel Grad will receive the bodhisattva precepts from Kokyo, along with a rakusu (Buddha’s robe) she has sewn, and a Dharma name. Please come celebrate this joyful commitment to the bodhisattva’s way of kindness for all!

Opening Fall Practice Period

Wednesday, October 12, 6:35-7:30pm.

A short ceremony to open Practice Period, followed by zendo tea and Dharma talk with Kokyo. Practice Period is an 8-week time for making a deeper commitment to zen practice with the sangha, to support others while being supported by others. To join, please fill out a personal commitment form (on top of zendo shoe rack) by Oct. 5. Please speak with Kokyo if interested in the year-long Jewels in the World study and practice program, which also begins on October 12).

Denko-e Sesshin: Receiving the Mind and Transmitting the Light

October 13-17 (5 days), 5:45am-8:40pm (ends by 5pm Monday).
Denko-e is a zazen and study retreat, celebrating several chapters of Keizan Zenji’s Denkoroku, the awakening stories of the Zen ancestors. Each day will include morning and afternoon teachings with Kokyo,
8 periods of zazen, oryoki meals, and optional dokusan. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, October 18, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 19, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film

Friday, October 21, 7-9pm (in community room).
This evening’s film is “Perfect Sense,” a science-fiction drama about a world-wide epidemic that makes everyone lose their physical senses one sense at a time. It is a reminder of the precious and mysterious gift of sensory experience that we so easily take for granted.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, October 22, 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.

Bodhisattva Precepts of Zen

6-week class series with Rev. Kokyo Henkel.
Sunday evenings, October 23-November 27, 6:35-8pm.
We will look into the ten major bodhisattva precepts of our lineage and how they help us live a life of harmlessness and benefit to others.
Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 26, 6:35pm – Liz Milazzo

Silence and Stillness in a Fast-Paced World of Technology and Distraction: An Interfaith Day of Meditation and Dialog

Saturday, October 29, 8:30am-4pm.

With Father Cyprian Consiglio, Catholic Monk and Prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage, Rabbi Paula Marcus of Temple Beth El, and Rev. Kokyo Henkel. One-day sitting with six periods of zazen, as well as morning and afternoon dialogs and discussion with Cyprian, Paula, and Kokyo. A simple lunch will be offered. Suggested donation: $12 for sustaining members, $15 for all others.

Offering to Hungry Ghosts Ceremony (Sejiki)

Wednesday November 2, 6:30-7:30pm
In this ceremony we call forth the restless, unsatisfied yearnings of our 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 are made, and we chant together for all hungry ghosts and departed spirits.

Annual All-Sangha Meeting

Saturday, November 5, 3-5pm.
An opportunity to hear about SCZC’s vision and 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.