The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Weekly Events

Breakfast and Dharma Study Group - Mondays, 7am - 8:30 am

Breakfast with conversation in the community room at 7am most Mondays, followed by Dharma study group with Kokyo Henkel 7:45-8:30am.

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 - Starts Friday, Oct. 5, 6:45pm—7:45pm

Addiction affects all of us whether we're still using substances, have stopped using, or know someone who uses. Join us to explore what we need to hold on to and what we can let go of. This gathering of supportive Sangha Members includes meditation and discussion.

(No meetings 10/12, 11/30)

Fall Practice Period

October 10 - December 8
Practice Period is an opportunity to intensify your practice and settle into your life. You will design your own practice schedule that fits your home and work life. Your practice can be a mixture of:
- Meditation, at home or in the zendo.
- Sesshins: at least 1 full day during Oct. 11-14 or Nov. 29-Dec. 5.
- Classes: Sunday mornings Oct. 21 to Nov. 25 on Shitou's poem.
- Practice discussions with the Practice Leader or Head student:
at least 2 discussions during the Practice Period.
Fall Practice Period will be led by Practice Leader Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh and Head Student Rev. Edie Brown. Sign up by filling out a Practice Period form and giving it to either Patrick or Edie.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 17, 6:35pm – Rev. Lien Shutt, a teacher at San Francisco Zen Center

Saturday Sangha

Saturday, October 20, 9:20-10am.
How do we honor our practice that's been handed down for generations, in a society that values newness? Is there a false dichotomy between tradition and innovation? Come join in an open discussion moderated by Dean Mathiowetz.

Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage

With Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh.
6 classes, October 21 - November 25; Sunday mornings, 10-11:30am.
“Song of the Grass-Roof Hermaitage” is a poem by Sekito Kisen, one of our Chinese Ancestors from the eighth century. It beautifully and simply describes zazen. It describes the Reality of our Life. It is a classic in Zen literature and has been recited and embodied for over twelve centuries. $10/class for contributing members and $13/class for non-members, but your participation is the most valuable thing, so any donation that fits your budget is all that is required.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Tuesday, October 23, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

October 24, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

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

With Neti Parekh. Thursday, October 25, 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.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, October 27, 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.

Offering to Hungry Ghosts Ceremony (Sejiki)

Wednesday October 31, 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

Zazenkai, One-Day Sitting

Saturday, November 3, 8:30am-5pm.
Includes a lecture by Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh in the morning and tea with discussion in the afternoon. Please bring a bag lunch. Suggested donation: $15.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

November 7, 6:35pm – Shuso Rev. Edie Brown

Annual All-Sangha Meeting

Sunday, November 11, 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 14, 6:35pm – Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Sangha Day

Saturday, November 17, 9:20am-1pm (followed by lunch).
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.