New Year’s at Jikoji
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year’s at Jikoji

Come burn your regrets and ring in the New Year at Jikoji with 108 bows and a peaceful party in the canyon.  Spend the night in one of our cozy dorm rooms, then join us New Year's Day for a hike through the open spaces surrounding Jikoji.You are welcome to come for all or any part of our celebration. 

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Rohatsu Sesshin
Dec
3
to Dec 10

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin is the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment. As in recent years, Rohatsu will begin with the usual practice form - zazen, kinhin, talks, service, chanting, etc. - followed by days of more silent and intensive practice. 

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Zazenkai
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Zazenkai

Just like training the body, a central element in the training of our minds is the need to vary the intensity of our zen practice.  This Saturday zazenkai is an exploration into intensive silent practice, and a deepening of our meditation...

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Science & Buddhism: "The Righteous Mind"
Nov
26
2:00 PM14:00

Science & Buddhism: "The Righteous Mind"

Science and Buddhism are mutually supportive, and are particularly relevant for working through human problems. We learn most deeply from sharing our diverse perspectives, rather than from expertise. Our November 26 discussion will consider the book: "The Righteous Mind", by Jonathan Haidt, and Haidt's research on the intimate interplay of morality, emotion, and other psychological factors.

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 Dancing, Here-Now
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Dancing, Here-Now

We often spend the here-now worrying about the future but the future never comes. What comes is the here-now and we often miss it. Whether we know it or not we cannot be anywhere else other than the here-now. Dancing enables us to live intensely and totally in the moment. In this hour long beginners workshop we will practice mindfulness through dancing Tango. 

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Veteran's Memorial Session
Nov
8
to Nov 12

Veteran's Memorial Session

LED BY DOUG JACOBSON

No Registration Necessary, drop-in attendance welcome

Jikoji is hosting  the Veterans' Memorial Sesshin, led by Doug Jacobson.
 

DOUG JACOBSON

Doug Jacobson, a Jikoji Resident, recently received Dharma transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall.  In his professional life he is a civil/tunnel engineer.  He serves as Jikoji's maintenance oversight manager (MOM), and also assists prisoners with Buddhist practice.  He received Dharma transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall in 2015.

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Denko-e Sesshin
Oct
9
to Oct 15

Denko-e Sesshin

Led by Vanja Palmers

Denko-e ("Gathering of Light Sesshin") is part of a cycle of four traditional sesshins initiated by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. Denko-e has a lighter schedule and emphasis on teaching. Many teachers will be contributing, with open discussions about our practice life. As with all Jikoji sesshins, you may also attend part-time, but please call ahead to sign up for meals and lodging.

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Mindful Yoga
Sep
11
5:00 PM17:00

Mindful Yoga

Mindful Yoga

Monday Evenings
5-6pm
  

Each Monday, we gather together for yoga in the zendo. No experience necessary. All are welcome. You are invited to join us in our intention to support Jikoji, each other, and our community.

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Kobun Memorial Weekend
Jul
29
to Jul 30

Kobun Memorial Weekend

Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi founded and helped establish four Zen Centers, including Jikoji, between 1968 and his death in 2002. We will honor Kobun’s memory beginning at 9 am Saturday with a morning of contemplative sitting.  On Saturday afternoon we will read Kobun's words from Embracing Mind.  We will remember listening to Kobun’s slow-spoken, meditative voice as each person makes his words their own.  On Sunday, after the usual two sittings, service, and a brief introduction, we will form a procession to the memorial site and offer incense while chanting the Daihi Shin Dhahrani.  Buffet lunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday.  Jikoji will be open Sunday afternoon for sitting in the zendo, and/or  enjoying the nearby trails.

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June Work Practice Day
Jun
17
8:00 AM08:00

June Work Practice Day

Led by Doug Jacobson & Hogan Martin

Spring is here and the Jikoji to-do list is in full bloom. We've got rock walls to build, weeds to pull, ponds to skim, compost to turn, gardens to tend, and other outdoor and indoor tasks calling out for Sangha volunteers. Join Doug and Hogan for an 8am breakfast, followed by an all day work practice period, a noon break for lunch (provided), with tea, coffee, and healthy munchables throughout the day. Work gloves? We've got 'em!

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Genzo-e Sesshin
May
18
to May 21

Genzo-e Sesshin

Genzo-e sesshin is an opportunity for a deep exploration of the teachings of Dogen Zenji.  Taught by Kokyo Henkel, Jikoji and Santa Cruz Zen Center will gather together in the tradition of the ancient monastics to delve into the Shobogenzo as text and as experience with a focus on Dogen's Gabyo - Painting of a Rice Cake.

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April Work Practice Day
Apr
22
8:00 AM08:00

April Work Practice Day

Led by Doug Jacobson & Hogan Martin

Spring is here and the Jikoji to-do list is in full bloom. We've got rock walls to build, weeds to pull, ponds to skim, compost to turn, gardens to tend, and other outdoor and indoor tasks calling out for Sangha volunteers. Join Doug and Hogan for an 8am breakfast, followed by an all day work practice period, a noon break for lunch (provided), with tea, coffee, and healthy munchables throughout the day. Work gloves? We've got 'em!

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Tanjo-e Sesshin
Apr
3
to Apr 9

Tanjo-e Sesshin

In the early Buddhist sangha it was traditional to come together in the winter months for a devoted time of practice and teaching. Jikoji’s ongoing practice period, or Ango, continues through March and into the beginning of April, finishing with the Tanjo-e sesshin, led by Ian Forsberg.

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Nehan-e SesshinMonday
Feb
6
to Feb 12

Nehan-e SesshinMonday

Led by Angie-Roshi Boissevain 

Nehan-e Sesshin is a silent meditation retreat held in honor of the Buddha’s parinirvana.  The sesshin will be lead by Angie-roshi Boissevain.  The sesshin starts Monday, February 6 with registration & oryoki (mindful eating) instruction between 4-6pm, and ends Sunday, February 12 with a closing ceremony and social lunch.

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Full Moon Ceremony
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Full Moon Ceremony

Full Moon Ceremony

Long ago, the Buddha sent the first monks forth from Deer Park to carry their practice into the world.  To inspire their practice through the lonely struggles in the forests and cities, he taught the monks a simple ceremony of renewal and instructed them to gather in groups once a month on the full moon to support and sustain each other’s practice.  The residents of Jikoji invite you to join us in this rite as the full moon passes across the buddhist world.

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Nagauta-Shamisen concert
Aug
7
11:00 AM11:00

Nagauta-Shamisen concert

In honor of the forthcoming Kobun Memorial July 30-31, Jikoji will host a Nagauta-Shamisen concert with Junko Nakauchi , (Sahosho Kineya, Shamisen player) and Saeko Ginestet (vocal) on Saturday July 23, at 4 pm.   Nagauta-Shamisen is a traditional music form popularized in the 18th century to provide the background music for Kabuki  theater. Ceremonial Japanese tea will also be served, and an informal dinner may follow.

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Zazenkai
Jul
2
6:00 AM06:00

Zazenkai

Zazenkai

Led by Doug Jacobson

Just like training the body, a central element in the training of our minds is the need to vary the intensity of our zen practice.  This Saturday zazenkai is exploration into intensive silent practice, and a deepening of our meditation.  The day will begin with with a brief introduction to zen and zazen, and the we with spend the rest of the day in the stream of contemplative practice.  In these moments, deep insights and realization of the meaning of the words of the Buddha move through us as we come intimately familiar with the movement of sunlight through the zendo.

All are welcome.  If you are thinking about sesshin, zazenkai is excellent place to build the basics of intensive practice.  A buffet lunch will be served.

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The Music of Zen
May
7
6:00 AM06:00

The Music of Zen

SCHEDULE
9-5 Zazenkai
5:30-6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Concert
From Bach to Beatbox, cellist Peter Jacobson and friends present diverse music to celebrate the full day sit. Peter is a music producer, cellist, songwriter-singer, and teacher who has played with renowned artists and groups including Dr. Dre, the San Diego Symphony, Rhye and many others and won a Grammy in 2013 as part of the Chicano alternative rock group Quetzal. 

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Unplug and Recharge: Living Mindfully in the Digital Age
Jan
16
to Jan 17

Unplug and Recharge: Living Mindfully in the Digital Age

As we investigate the science of how technology impacts the brain and body, we’ll have a chance to revel in the sense data of direct experience: mindful eating with delicious jikoji cooking; mindful walking through the wilderness of the Santa Cruz mountains; and mindful connection with others – and with ourselves. We will rediscover the joy of being fully present with a variety of meditation and mindfulness practices, and learn simple techniques for technology hygiene beyond the gates of the monastery.  

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You are Perfect
Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

You are Perfect

Afternoon Tea and Teachings with Jana Drakka

Suzuki Roshi once said, “Each of you is perfect the way you are…and you can use a little improvement.” We can all see that we need a little improvement…but can you see that you are perfect just as you are? 

 In our gatherings we will focus on self-acceptance through exploring the practical applications of our teachings.

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Fall Work Day
Sep
19
5:00 AM05:00

Fall Work Day

Chop wood, carry water.  Bring work shoes and clothes, hat and appropriate sun protection. Our work includes clearing vegetation and debris from around the buildings for fire prevention and improvements to the garden including constructing new raised beds and a greenhouse.  We must split and stack firewood to keep the zendo warm in the coming months. Breakfast (8-9am) and lunch (12-1pm) are freely offered to those who join us on this work day of caring for Jikoji and sangha.

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Sangam: An Evening Concert
Aug
13
4:00 PM16:00

Sangam: An Evening Concert

Sangam is a chamber music duo of sitarist Paul Livingstone and cellist Peter Jacobson. Sangam is touring CA this year presenting a series of intimate concerts of innovative compositions and improvisations straddling the worlds of Indian classical music and European polyphony.  Their unique counterpoint is imbibed with the free spirit of a jazz improvisation and incorporates touches of Latin and popular music styles.

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Jukai Ceremony: Andy Acker
Jul
19
9:30 AM09:30

Jukai Ceremony: Andy Acker

The Lay Ordination of Andrew Acker

This Sunday, Jikoji Resident, Andy Acker,  will receive the 16 Bodhisattva precepts from Guiding Teacher Michael Newhall. This simple zen ceremony, also known as lay ordination, marks the beginning of Andy's life in vow.  Andy will receive a rakusu, lineage papers, and a buddhist name.  All are invited and encouraged to join us in taking this important step with Andy on his long and sincere spiritual journey.

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On the Path, Among the Stones
Jun
28
11:00 AM11:00

On the Path, Among the Stones

Appreciate the lay of the stones, the Large Jewels.
        Colorations, moss, lichen
        Forms
        Relationships
             to other stones
             to plants, trees
             to the path or The Path
        If or how to enhance what is here
             to what degree
             keep a "sacred" or untouched area

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Jun
27
6:00 AM06:00

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Whether you new to meditation or looking to deepen your practice, immersing yourself in nature is a wonderful way to reduce stress and reconnect with the things that are important in your life. Come join us for a daylong retreat at Jikoji.
Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) consists of a variety of simple meditation practices and yoga designed to cultivate presence and awareness in day-to-day life. The practice is about waking up, being fully alive, and present in the richness of each moment.

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The Inner and Outer Worlds
May
2
7:00 AM07:00

The Inner and Outer Worlds

Jikoji will be the starting point for our day of meditation, hiking and taking pictures. We will settle in our bodies; we will hike trails in the area; we will use photography as a way to be completely present with our surroundings, to discover the beautiful around us on a large and small scale, and to be invigorated by the wonders of nature. 

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Practice Period Class:  The Power of Vow
Feb
15
to Mar 29

Practice Period Class: The Power of Vow

Over the course of the practice period we will investigate and explore the precepts as foundational tools that allow us to approach our everyday life with the ability to investigate, explore and refine ourselves and our relationship with the world around us.  Beginning with a reading of Being Upright, by Reb Anderson, we will gain a practical understand of the 16 Zen Precepts, and then, taking them into the world, we will explore the intricacies that arise as they encounter the myriad things we encounter in a day.  As we gather each week, we will have the opportunity to share our effort and experiences as we follow the path of practice as it winds through the hills and into the cities.

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2015 Practice Period
Feb
6
to Apr 12

2015 Practice Period

One of the core teachings of the Buddha is that periodically renewing our focus and intensifying our commitment for a short period of time invigorates our practice and illuminates the path.  Each year, Jikoji offers an Ango or Practice Period for both beginning and experienced students to explore and deepen their experience and it takes place right where you are.

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