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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Sunrise Zazenkai
Jul
7
4:45 AM04:45

Sunrise Zazenkai

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

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Genzo-e Sesshin
Jun
21
to Jun 24

Genzo-e Sesshin

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

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Sunrise Zazenkai
Jun
2
5:45 AM05:45

Sunrise Zazenkai

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...

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