Practice Period 2019
Feb
8
to Apr 7

Practice Period 2019

Our 2019 Practice Period begins with Nehan-e sesshin (February 8-15) and ends with Tanjo-e sesshin (April 1- 7). Red Pine’s Heart Sutra commentary and Kobun’s Talks on the Heart Sutra are the primary texts. The Heart Sutra expresses the essence of Buddhist practice. Please join us for meditation and deeper study into this sutra. More information.

View Event →

Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Zen Priest Ordination Ceremony

Jikoji warmly invites all Sangha members to the Zen priest ordination of Shuho Mike Newhall’s student, Taizan Gendo (Mark Adams), followed by a tea reception. Called “Shukke Tokudo,” the ordination ceremony is a formal deepening of commitment to a life of service in dedication to the three treasures – Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. We hope you can attend this beautiful tradition, which begins after the close of our week-long Rohatsu Sesshin.

View Event →
Rohatsu Sesshin
Dec
2
to Dec 9

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin is the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment of all beings extending to this very moment. Rohatsu will be conducted without chants, talks, service, or dokusan.  From Monday through Saturday, Rohatsu will be conducted in silence with just zazen and kinhin. Kobun said enlightenment is an accident and zazen makes one accident prone!  Please come join us for this opportunity to practice together. 

View Event →
ZenIt Presentation with Amil Khanzada
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

ZenIt Presentation with Amil Khanzada

Amil will come to talk at Jikoji on Sunday, 11/18 at 2pm in the community building, so please join in! Amil I grew up in the SF Bay Area and has worked in software engineering for about 8 years. Earlier this year he moved to Eiheiji town in Japan, the "headquarters" of Japanese Soto Zen.

There he is starting a new movement called ZenIT, which aims to combine Zen philosophy and meditation with Silicon Valley's cutting-edge work ethic to create a new style of working that is very peaceful yet highly productive. The world needs something like this now, since there is too much stress in the workplace.  This project has visibility and/or support from the Eiheiji mayor, Fukui governor, executives of several software companies, and hundreds of One Young World peace ambassadors worldwide.

View Event →
Sunrise Zazenkai
Aug
4
5:00 AM05:00

Sunrise Zazenkai

“First Saturday” Zazenkai is a full day exploration of the silent practice of Zen meditation. Starting with a pre-dawn walk to the ridge for outdoor meditation, we’ll greet the new sun over the Santa Cruz Mountains then return for breakfast and the start of our traditional Zazenkai schedule. More information.

View Event →
Kobun Memorial Weekend
Jul
27
to Jul 29

Kobun Memorial Weekend

Join us as we spend the weekend honoring the memory of Jikoji founder Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. We begin Friday with a social dinner, then a walk to the ridge in appreciation of the Santa Cruz Mountains, so much a part of Kobun's vision for Jikoji. Our formal program starts Saturday with periods of zazen and readings from Kobun’s transcripts. More information.

View Event →
Nature Sesshin
Jul
12
to Jul 15

Nature Sesshin

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 tea and Dharma discussion. Led by Eric Remington & Doug Jacobson

View Event →