The Elements of the Tea Ceremony
Nov
30
2:00 pm14:00

The Elements of the Tea Ceremony

Please join us in this ‘hands on’ workshop in which all the participants will learn the rudiments of making and serving tea using ‘tray service’.  It is Misha’s intention would be that by the time you return home, you can enjoy the mindfulness practice of making tea for without needing to know all the minute details of a complete tea ceremony.  And bring the kids.

Rohatsu Sesshin
Dec
1
Dec 7

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin, the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment, will begin on Monday, December 1 this year. 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. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Dec
13
9:00 am09:00

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.


Ceremonial Tea
Nov
9
2:00 pm14:00

Ceremonial Tea

Ceremonial tea will be offered at Jikoji's tea hut, Mu Mei An, in the woods across the stream this Sunday afternoon at 2 and at 4 p.m.  For some it becomes a way of focused listening, moving and savoring--a final dessert after the morning program and lunch.  This tea form has accompanied Zen practice for centuries, giving and receiving impetus from that association.  Each tea is limited to five persons, so please rsvp Gerow.Reece@gmail.com by Saturday noon if you know you would like to enjoy some tea. Mention your preferred time and if you will need a chair.

Denko-e Sesshin
Oct
7
Oct 12

Denko-e Sesshin

enko-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.

Beyond Science and Buddhism
Sep
28
2:00 pm14:00

Beyond Science and Buddhism

Topic: Mathematics and Islam

The discussion group meets on the last Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome, for all or part.

The group first selects a moderator and recognizes "experts" or practitioners within the main topics. They then introduces the topic, followed by questions and moderated open discussion.

Each meeting concludes with a brief discussion of the following month's topic. An optional short period of zazen and a potluck or leftovers supper may follow.

The Forms of Practice
Sep
14
2:00 pm14:00

The Forms of Practice

The Forms of Practice 

According to Dogen, just to maintain the posture of zazen is in itself enlightenment.  The Zen forms are tools to guide us to our center and to illuminate and sustain our practice.  The afternoon workshop is designed to provide a working knowledge of the basic forms of Zen: meditation, navigating the Zendo and moving through services and ceremonies.  Whether you are new to practice or have the Heart Sutra committed to memory, refining your connection with the movement of Zen is a pivotal opportunity to deepen your connection with mystery of stillness.

Full Moon Ceremony
Sep
9
8:00 pm20:00

Full Moon Ceremony

Full Moon Ceremony

Long ago, the Buddha sent the first months 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.

The Inner and Outer Worlds
Sep
6
10:00 am10:00

The Inner and Outer Worlds

  • Jikoji Zen Center

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. 

Beyond Science and Buddhism
Aug
31
2:00 pm14:00

Beyond Science and Buddhism

Topic: Consciousness and Hinduism

The discussion group meets on the last Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome, for all or part.

The group first selects a moderator and recognizes "experts" or practitioners within the main topics. They then introduces the topic, followed by questions and moderated open discussion.

Each meeting concludes with a brief discussion of the following month's topic. An optional short period of zazen and a potluck or leftovers supper may follow.

Heart Hacking Workshop
Aug
10
2:00 pm14:00

Heart Hacking Workshop

  • Jikoji Zen Center

With Vincent & Emily Horn

Join the founders of Buddhist Geeks for an afternoon of hands-on practice...

On the contemplative path we learn various skills aimed at deepening our experience of a loving awareness. In this two hour workshop we’ll focus on four skill sets­­ traditionally referred to as the four immeasurables­­that are aimed at opening the heart. 

Kobun Memorial Weekend
Jul
26
Jul 27

Kobun Memorial Weekend

  • Jikoji Zen Center

Jikoji invites you to join us in a weekend remembering Kobun Chino Otokawa Roshi, studying his teachings on Saturday and a Memorial Ceremony on Sunday.
Rooms are available if you wish to stay over at Jikoji.

Genzo-e Sesshin
Jul
3
Jul 6

Genzo-e Sesshin

REGISTER HERE
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 Avalokiteshvara - compassion.

Discussion Group: Science & Buddhism
Jun
29
2:00 pm14:00

Discussion Group: Science & Buddhism

  • Jikoji Zen Center

Science and Buddhism are vital to our modern world’s future, and can be mutually supportive as recently expressed in Science at the Crossroads by the Dalai Lama. Starting from where we are, meetings survey the scientific frontier. From philosophy and mathematics to biology, psychology, and neuroscience, these discussions find intersections in their connection to Buddhist perspectives.   Please join us!

Pond Cleaning
Jun
28
9:00 am09:00

Pond Cleaning

The natural spring at Jikoji is the source of fresh water that fills the small lake behind the zendo.  The majority of the maintenance is performed by a family of ducks and an abundance of turtles and fish who work to keep the water clear.  Unfortunately, in their travels, the ducks encountered a few invasive species which they brought, inadvertently.  So, on occasion, we are called to help these sentient beings in keeping these waters clear and tranquil.  You are invited to put your zen practice into your favorite water tolerant shoes and join Jikoji in a day of clearing the debris (duckweed) from our eyes (water).  Zen work doesn’t get any more metaphorical than this. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Jun
7
9:30 am09:30

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • Jikoji Zen Center

This silent daylong retreat co-led by Krista De Castella and David Perls will offer a gentle schedule in the unparalleled beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The day will consist of periods of guided and silent meditation practices including:

o Sitting meditation
o Guided body scan meditation
o Periods of gentle Hatha yoga
o Walking meditation on the trails and grounds around Jikoji 
Space is limited/Lunch provided