Thursday, April 18 - Sunday, April 21.
We invite you to find stillness in the woods that cradle our temple. Our schedule features several outdoor excursions along our paths, alternating with periods of zazen and walking meditation, and a daily tea and Dharma discussion. Buffet meals are included. You are welcome to come for all or any part of the event, participating in the schedule as you wish. Our zendos are always open. More information.


Thursday Evenings, 6 pm - 8:30 pm.
Beginning April 25.
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."

So begins Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki, founder of San Francisco Zen Center. Join us as we read and discuss this modern Zen classic. Thursdays at 6 pm, beginning April 25. A light dinner will be offered. Followed by zazen (sitting meditation) at 8 pm. Copies of the book will be available in our Jikoji Book Store. Join us as you can. Beginners welcome! More information.


Sunday, April 28, 2 pm.
April’s s Science & Buddhism Discussion continues our 2019 theme of Wellness when we look at Mindfulness of the Senses, and Intimacy with Nature. We’ll use Ben Connelly's recently published "Mindfulness & Intimacy” as a starting point, incorporating insights from Vasubandhu's "Treatise on the Five Aggregates." More information.



A One-Day Retreat


Saturday, May 4.
Our "First Saturday" Zazenkai is a full day immersion into intensive, silent practice, deepening our Zen meditation. Sunrise Zazenkai begins with a gentle pre-dawn walk to the ridge top, where we'll sit outdoor zazen (sitting meditation) and help the sun come up over the Santa Cruz Mountains, before returning for breakfast and the start of our traditional Zazenkai schedule. More information.



Precious Mirror combines Jikoji founder Kobun’s brilliant calligraphy with translations into English enface. Kobun was an instrumental figure in the transmission of Zen to America and its evolution within our culture. Although he initially came to assist Shunryu Suzuki at the San Francisco Zen Center, Kobun was enamored of the way Zen, unfettered, blossomed in new soil, and he followed it wherever it grew. For Kobun, Zen was not an institution, but the elemental nature of every aspect of our lives and existed in myriad forms. More information.



Every Sunday. Our Sunday Program is a weekly Open House – a great way to get to know Jikoji and become familiar with Zen practice. Each week, community members and newcomers alike join us from around the Bay Area for sitting meditation, a dharma talk, a social lunch, and the sense of community (Sangha). Beginners are welcome to join in meditation instruction at 10am before joining up with the regular program in the Big Zendo. All are welcome! More information.