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 koku - space.
Saturday will be a 9 am to 5 pm zazenkai (all day sitting, with several talks including readings from Kobun's teachings and about Kobun).
Sunday will be the normal Jikoji program, 10 am through a social lunch, focusing on a Memorial site ceremony for Kobun.
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.
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.
With apologies we are forced to cancel this event due to a family emergency.
Nehan-e Sesshin is a silent meditation retreat held in honor of the Buddha’s parinirvana. This year, the sesshin will be lead by Angie-roshi Boissevain. The sesshin starts Friday, February 18 with registration & oryoki (mindful eating) instruction between 4-6pm and ends Friday, February 26.
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.
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.
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 and join the Jikoji Retreatants for a day of body-centered practice, hiking, rejuvenation, and 2015 visioning. You are welcome to come for all or any part of our celebration.
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.
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.
Led by Sensei Gary Koan Janka & Doug Jacobson
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appreciate the lay of the stones, the Large Jewels.
Colorations, moss, lichen
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
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.
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.
The Spring 2015 Ango concludes with the Shuso Hossen Ceremony, in which the ango’s head student, Shinbo Zengan Joseph Hall will offer his first brief Dharma Talk and will meet the sangha in dharma encounter.
or lunch, a ceremony and a party celebrating the birth of the Buddha
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.
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.
With Meiya Wender & Naomi Kaigaku Yoder
Join us for the first Tea of the New year. The Japanese tea ceremony is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving green tea, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance the taste of the tea. It is not about drinking tea but in the attentive placement of one’s heart in the preparation of a bowl of tea and the relationship that arises in the simple act of giving and receiving the effort and compassion of another while sitting firmly in the midst of an eternal moment.
A warm and friendly arm chair discussion, in the community building's living room, of the most important issues from prior discussion topics
What: One vs Three Realities: Transcendent (Math), Actual (Physics), and Human Imagination/Intellect (Life)
When: Cosmology and Multilevel evolution as Science's current origen myths, vs Buddhism's question: relevance to suffering
Why: Determinism, Nirvana and Karma vs Morality, Struggle, and Free Will as our basis for knowledge of Truth, Science, and Life
How: Wisdom and Merit vs Righteousness, Entitlement, Inheritance,and Privilege
Where: Neurobiology of Brain, Mind and Consciousness, vs the "Mind Only" school of Buddhist Thought
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.
This discussion will be led by Michael Newhall, Todd Giesler, and Yingzhao Lin
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.
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.
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
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.