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 Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo" on Kodo Sawaki Roshi's sayings. 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.


Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

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

Zendo closed for Winter Break

Wednesday, December 24, noon - Wednesday, December 31, evening.
Zendo will open again on New Year’s Eve at 8:30pm.

New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, December 31, 8:30pm-12:30am
Zazen and walking meditation from 8:30pm until midnight, when the New Year is welcomed in by ringing the bell 108 times (to release 108 delusions). Then there will be a fire in the courtyard, letting go of 2014 by burning up accumulated scraps and old habits that we aspire to drop away in the coming year. Tea and noodles will be served.

New Year’s Day Chanting of the Diamond Sutra

Thursday, January 1, 1-3pm
Open the New Year with a recitation of the Prajna Paramita Diamond Sutra, the wisdom that cuts through delusion, dedicated to world peace. Free of charge. (Regular zendo schedule resumes Jan. 2)

Kazuaki Tanahashi on the Heart Sutra

Friday, January 2, 7-8pm.
Translator Kaz will give a talk on his new book, a translation and commentary on the Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra. By donation.

Gentle Creativity with the Brush, with Kaz Tanahashi

Saturday, January 3, 10am-4:30pm (vegetarian lunch provided). The art of calligraphy can be practiced by anyone who is willing to draw ideography. Anyone can take up a brush, follow stroke order, draw lines, and form characters. By copying ancient masters' samples even a beginner can create a fairly good piece of calligraphy. $85 for sustaining members, $95 for others. For more information click here to learn more.

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

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

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

January 7, 6:35pm – Kokyo Henkel

One-Day Sitting

Saturday, January 10, 8:30am-5pm.
The day includes a lecture by Kokyo in the morning and tea with discussion in the afternoon. Please bring a bag lunch.