Our August 26 Science & Buddhism Discussion will be led by Doug Jacobson, a registered engineer and teacher, after his Dharma talk that morning on Form (Rupa) in Buddhism. The S&B discussion will place Doug’s Dharma talk within a scientific perspective. More information.
Our "First Saturday" Sunrise Zazenkai is a day-long immersion into intensive, silent practice, deepening our zen meditation, starting with a gentle pre-dawn walk to the ridge top for outdoor zazen, and to help the sun come up over the Santa Cruz Mountains. More information.
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. More information.
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
“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.
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.
Just like training the body, a central element in the training of our minds is the need to vary the intensity of our zen practice. This Saturday zazenkai is an exploration into intensive silent practice, and a deepening of our meditation. Led by Doug Jacobson & Eric Remington
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 on Sunday, June 17 at 2pm to witness the lay ordination (Jukai Ceremony) of our sangha members Caro and Andy Osburn. All are invited to take this important step with the couple on their long and sincere spiritual journey together. Reception to follow. -Led by Michael Newhall
Led by Doug Jacobson & Eric Remington
Just like training the body, a central element in the training of our minds is the need to vary the intensity of our zen practice. This Saturday zazenkai is an exploration into intensive silent practice, and a deepening of our meditation...
Our Sunday, May 27, Science & Buddhism discussion will be on the Evolution of Emotions, and their Social Implications.
Jikoji teacher Cliff Isberg will lead the discussion, which will augment and balance our prior discussions of basic sciences, while considering how biology includes us, as highlighted by a now-famous essay, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution.
Led by Michael Newhall
Sesshin is translated to mean “Embracing Mind”. For seven days you’re invited to dive deeply into silence, meditation, and mindfulness. This is an opportunity for the novice and veteran meditator to practice side-by-side. For people new to Zen this is the chance to engage with an experienced teacher and establish a practice.
Dharma Walk Into Nature
Led by Eric Remington and Doug Jacobson
Finding stillness in the woods that cradle our temple. Periods of zazen, outside walking meditation, and wider explorations along our many trails. "But don't get distracted by the beautiful surroundings on a Dharma walk into nature," says Jikoji's shuso Eric Remington. "What we're about is definitely not taking a hike or a nature walk." Eric introduces us to a wider field of sensory perception, to insights findable only outdoors. More info & registration.
Led by Paula Jones and Shinbo Joseph Hall
Nehan-e Sesshin is a silent meditation retreat held each year in honor of the Buddha’s parinirvana. Inspired by Dogen's Bendowa, and Kobun's Embracing Mind, this year we will delve deeply into the forms of Zen, exploring how the still point of zazen can be borne into the movements of our everyday activity. Zen is an embodied practice, it's words no more than a finger pointing at the moon, and it's deepest teachings can only travel from person to person through a sometimes mysterious process we call transmission. Bowing to each other amongst the early Spring plum blossoms, we will study the ancient and silent language of Zen.
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 New Year's Day for a hike through the open spaces surrounding Jikoji.You are welcome to come for all or any part of our celebration.
Science and Buddhism are mutually supportive, and are particularly relevant for working through human problems. We learn most deeply from sharing our diverse perspectives, rather than from expertise. Our November 26 discussion will consider the book: "The Righteous Mind", by Jonathan Haidt, and Haidt's research on the intimate interplay of morality, emotion, and other psychological factors.
We often spend the here-now worrying about the future but the future never comes. What comes is the here-now and we often miss it. Whether we know it or not we cannot be anywhere else other than the here-now. Dancing enables us to live intensely and totally in the moment. In this hour long beginners workshop we will practice mindfulness through dancing Tango.
LED BY DOUG JACOBSON
No Registration Necessary, drop-in attendance welcome
Jikoji is hosting the Veterans' Memorial Sesshin, led by Doug Jacobson.
Doug Jacobson, a Jikoji Resident, recently received Dharma transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall. In his professional life he is a civil/tunnel engineer. He serves as Jikoji's maintenance oversight manager (MOM), and also assists prisoners with Buddhist practice. He received Dharma transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall in 2015.
Led by Vanja Palmers
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.
Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi founded and helped establish four Zen Centers, including Jikoji, between 1968 and his death in 2002. We will honor Kobun’s memory beginning at 9 am Saturday with a morning of contemplative sitting. On Saturday afternoon we will read Kobun's words from Embracing Mind. We will remember listening to Kobun’s slow-spoken, meditative voice as each person makes his words their own. On Sunday, after the usual two sittings, service, and a brief introduction, we will form a procession to the memorial site and offer incense while chanting the Daihi Shin Dhahrani. Buffet lunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday. Jikoji will be open Sunday afternoon for sitting in the zendo, and/or enjoying the nearby trails.
Led by Doug Jacobson & Hogan Martin
Spring is here and the Jikoji to-do list is in full bloom. We've got rock walls to build, weeds to pull, ponds to skim, compost to turn, gardens to tend, and other outdoor and indoor tasks calling out for Sangha volunteers. Join Doug and Hogan for an 8am breakfast, followed by an all day work practice period, a noon break for lunch (provided), with tea, coffee, and healthy munchables throughout the day. Work gloves? We've got 'em!