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 for a pot luck breakfast, and a hike through the open space surrounding our Santa Cruz Mountains temple. More information.


Satrday, January 5, 2019, 6am - 5:00pm "First Saturday" Zazenkai is a 1-day retreat, an immersion into intensive, silent practic. Starting with a gentle pre-dawn walk to the ridge top, 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. It's a wonderful way to discover the basics of intensive practice. Breakfast and lunch will be served. More information.


Thursday, Jan 10 - Sunday, Jan 13 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, tea and Dharma discussions. More information.



Newly available, 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.