Our "Last Sundays" Science & Buddhism Discussion will look at Mindfulness of the Senses, and Intimacy with Nature. Doug Jacobson will lead the discussion, incorporating insights from Vasubandhu's classic Treatise on the Five Aggregates, and also Mindfulness & Intimacy by Ben Connelly. More information.
Whole-Life Buddha Retreat, Presented By Shogaku Zen Institute. Designed for differently-abled practitioners and all experience levels., the retreat will be taught by Zen Teacher Myoan Grace Schireson of Central Valley Zen, and President of Shogaku Zen Institute. More information.
Genzo-e sesshin is an opportunity for a deep exploration of the teachings of Dogen Zenji. Taught by Kokyo Henkel, Jikoji & Santa Cruz Zen Center will gather together in the tradition of the ancient monastics to delve into the Shobogenzo as text and as experience. -Led by Kokyo Henkel
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.
Join us for a celebration of Buddha's birthday. The Jikoji Sangha will be joined by the children of Bamboo in the Wind Sangha for song and celebration, a bake sale, and tasty goodies in support of Children's Practice. Children of all ages are invited. More information.
Sesshin is translated to mean “Embracing Mind”. For seven days you’re invited to enter into silence, meditation, and mindfulness. This is an opportunity for both new & seasoned meditators to practice side-by-side. For people new to Zen this is the chance to engage with an experienced teacher and establish a regular Zazen (sitting) practice. More information.
On Saturday, March 30 at 10:30am there will be Jukai for Elizabeth Choe, led by Vanja Palmers. Elizabeth is deeply grateful to the many teachers and sangha members who have supported her on the path to taking the Precepts. After the ceremony, lunch will be provided. Dessert is always welcome! More information.
The teachers of the Phoenix Cloud Sangha invite all who are interested to an open Sangha Meeting at Jikoji on Friday, March 29th. It will be led by Reverend Jakko Eso, Vanja Palmers, the senior dharma heir to Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. The meeting is from 1 pm to 4 pm and will focus on sangha-related issues. More information.
Jikoji is happy to be presenting Sangam, a chamber music duo of sitarist Paul Livingstone and cellist Peter Jacobson. We are presenting this concert to help raise funds to renovate or replace our water tank. The Jikoji water tank serves the water needs of Jikoji as well as providing fire service water not just Jikoji, but also the Jikoji neighborhood. Please join us for this special concert to help raise funds for this important project.
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. More information.
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. Reservations can be made here.
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.
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.
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.
Cool mornings, warm afternoons. Our "First Saturday" Zazenkai is a full day immersion into intensive, silent practice, starting with a gentle pre-dawn walk to the ridge top for outdoor meditation, and to help the sun come up over the Santa Cruz Mountains. More information.