The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Service (Fugin)

Morning and evening zazen are followed by service (sutra chanting). You are welcome to exit the zendo after zazen if you don’t wish to participate in service. Wholeheartedly chanting the teachings of the Buddha and Zen ancestors is an ancient practice in all Buddhist traditions. It is a way to not only

become more familiar with the teachings, but to join together after silent meditation, uniting our separate voices into one sound to express devotion and gratitude to the Buddhas and ancestors who have transmitted this practice to us. We begin and end service by bowing deeply to the fully awakened selfless mind of Buddha.


Each month we have a Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony (see below), as well as memorial ceremonies for our founding teachers, Kobun Chino Roshi and Sobun Katherine Thanas Roshi. There are numerous traditional annual ceremonies following the Soto Zen tradition, including memorials for Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday,

Awakening Day, and Parinirvana Day; our first woman ancestor, Mahapajapati; our first ancestor in China, Bodhidharma; our first ancestor in Japan, Dogen Zenji; a ceremony for Feeding Hungry Spirits (sejiki), and New Year’s Eve.