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.

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 RETURNS - Sundays at 10 - 11 am

Andrew Porter will resume free beginners' qigong classes.Dates: Apr 15, 22, and 29, May 6

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 25, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi

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

With Neti Parekh. Thursday, April 26, 6:40-8pm (in zendo).
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.

Opening the Mind and Heart Through Film: Paths of the Soul

Friday, April 27, 7-9pm (in community room).

A journey of redemption, faith, devotion, birth and death: a group of Tibetan villagers leave their small village to make a 10-month Buddhist “bowing pilgrimage” along the 1200-mile road to the capital. Though united in their remarkable devotion, each of the travelers embarks on this near impossible journey for very personal reasons.

Saturday Sangha

Saturday, April 28, 9:15 - 10am Moderated by Rev. Shin-I Good.
A senior student will tell the story of how they came to practice Zen.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, April 28, 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.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 2, 6:35pm – Rev. Michael Newhall

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 9, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

NEW "Special Sangha Weekend" at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

May 11 evening - May 13 noon, with Rev. Cathy Toldi
Please join us for a rare opportunity to practice as a sangha at Tassajara. The schedule includes a day sit 5:45am - 4pm with oryoki breakfast and lunch, free time to enjoy the environs, work with community, etc. Cost is $100, with possible additional shared cost to rent 4-wheel-drive vehicle(s) as needed. First come, first served registration. Once SCZC receives your check for $100, you are confirmed. If you have questions, you can email Cathy at


What Exactly Does Taking Refuge Look Like?

Two Sunday classes with Rev. Eugene Bush, May 13&20, 6:25-8pm.
In this brief but intense series we will explore the relationship between seeking unconditioned peace and nourishing the standards of conduct. Participants should expect to do some reading before the first class and should further expect to read, study and write during the week between classes. It is not necessary to own the books noted below; Gene will provide pdfs of this material. Recommended text: “Faces of Compassion, Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression” by Taigen Dan Leighton. Study material Gene will provide during class: Selections from “Being Upright” by Reb Anderson and from “Coming Back to Life” by Joanna Macy. Please be sure to sign up in advance so that Gene can send you the first reading material. Suggested donation: $10/class for sustaining members, $13 for others.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

May 16, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Jewels in the World

Thursday, May 17, 6:40-8pm.
Monthly evening discussion group on some topic regarding Dharma or Zen practice, especially relevant to daily life. Everyone is welcome.

Sangha Day

Saturday, May 19, 9:20am-1pm.
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 at 1pm.

Ceremony of Receiving the Precepts (Jukai)

Sunday, May 20, 3-4pm, followed by reception.
Andrew Porter, Anais Schenk, and Karen Oakley will receive the bodhisattva precepts from Kokyo, along with a rakusu (Buddha’s robe) they have sewn, and a Dharma name. Please come celebrate this joyful commitment to the bodhisattva’s way of kindness for all!