The Leadership Of The Santa Cruz Zen Center

Regularly Occurring 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. The current book we are reading and discussing is "Mountains and Waters Sutra: A Practitioner's Guide to Dogen's Sansuikyo" by Shohaku Okumura Roshi.

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. A different person facilitates the conversation each month. Our current topic for discussion is  "Not One Single Thing," a commentary on the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Ancestor by the contemporary Zen Teacher Shodo Harada Roshi. All are welcome, free of charge.

Ordinary Recovery Group - Fridays 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.


Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 13, 6:35pm – Rev. Dana Takagi

Zazenkai, One-Day Sitting

Saturday, March 16, 7am-4:30pm.

This sitting will focus on "...When longing and aversion are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised..." Includes a lecture and discussion with Rev. Gene in the morning. Please bring a bag lunch. Suggested donation: $15.

Vimalakirti Sutra

3-week class series, Sunday mornings, March 17, 24, 31; 10-11:30am.

With Rev. Patrick Teverbaugh

Buddha and his disciples explore the nature of emptiness and the nondual “Buddha-verse” in this important Mahayana Sutra. Participants in the class will be asked to read sections of the Sutra and join in a weekly discussion about our everyday expression of emptiness and nonduality. Recommended donation is $10/class for supporting members and $13/class for non-members, but your participation is the most valuable thing and any donation that fits you budget is all that is required.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 20, 6:35pm – Rev. Eugene Bush

Full Moon Bodhisattva Precepts Renewal Ceremony

Thursday, March 21, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

Jewels in the World: “Not One Single Thing”

Thursday, March 21, 5:45-6:30pm (instead of evening zazen)

This monthly evening discussion group is studying “Not One Single Thing,” a commentary on the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Ancestor by Shodo Harada Roshi. Everyone is welcome.

Introduction to Zen

Saturday, March 23, 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.

Kobun Chino Roshi Monthly Memorial Ceremony

Tuesday, March 26, 6:25am, at time of morning service.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

March 27, 6:35pm – Rev. Kokyo Henkel

4-Day Buddha’s Birthday Sesshin

Thurs-Sun, Apr 4-7, 5:45am-9pm (ends with Birthday Ceremony).
Each day will include morning teachings with Rev. Patrick and formal oryoki meals. Suggested donation: $35/day for sustaining members, $40 for others.

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration

Sunday April 7, 3-4pm.
We will make offerings, chant sutras, and bathe the baby Buddha, amidst many spring flowers. Birthday cake will be served afterwards. Children are especially welcome.

Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community

Tuesday, April 9, 6:45-8pm.
A study discussion group based on the book by Larry Yang, led by Val Miranda, with Rev. Cathy Toldi.

Wednesday Evening Dharma Talk

April 10, 6:35pm – Rev. Cathy Toldi