Rohatsu Sesshin
Dec
2
to Dec 9

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin is the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment. As in recent years, Rohatsu will begin with the usual practice – zazen, kinhin, talks, service, chanting, tea – followed by days of more silent and intensive practice. 

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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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Science and Buddhism
May
27
2:00 PM14:00

Science and Buddhism

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.

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Zazenkai
May
5
5:45 AM05:45

Zazenkai

Led by Doug Jacobson

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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Tanjo-e Sesshin 2018
Apr
2
to Apr 8

Tanjo-e Sesshin 2018

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. 

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Jikoji Spring Sesshin
Mar
23
to Mar 25

Jikoji Spring Sesshin

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.

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Nehan-e Sesshin
Feb
16
to Feb 24

Nehan-e Sesshin

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.  

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Calligraphy Workshop
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Calligraphy Workshop

Led by Gerow Reece


Come join us in studying the ancient mindful practice of calligraphy. In this workshop, Gerow Reece will introduce us to the "Chinese brush" to develop line sensitivity and awareness in both eye and hand.

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New Year’s at Jikoji
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year’s at Jikoji

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. 

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Rohatsu Sesshin
Dec
3
to Dec 10

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin is the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment. As in recent years, Rohatsu will begin with the usual practice form - zazen, kinhin, talks, service, chanting, etc. - followed by days of more silent and intensive practice. 

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