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.

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.

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.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 9, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

One-Day Sitting

Saturday, November 12, 8:30am-5pm.
Includes a lecture by Kokyo in the morning and tea with discussion in the afternoon. Please bring a bag lunch. Suggested donation: $15.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Monday, November 14, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 16, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Sangha Day

Saturday, November 19, starts at 9:20am.
Sangha Day is a time to come together and help take care of the temple and grounds: cleaning the zendo, making candles, gar­dening, etc. Please bring something for a potluck lunch.

Half-Day Sitting

Saturday, November 20, 8:30am-noon.
Includes a lecture by Rev. Cathy Toldi. Suggested donation: $15.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 23, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner and Movie

Thursday, November 24, 4-6pm, followed by heart-warming film.
Celebrate gratitude for the gifts of the earth, life, community, and the present moment. Please bring some food to share for a vegetarian feast in the community room (no noon or evening zazen this day).