Santa Barbara Zen Center

Sensei Gary Koan Janka, Head Teacher and Officiating Priest

Upcoming Retreats and Other Special Events

At MacVeagh House Unless Otherwise Noted

Wed, Nov 8–
Sun, Nov 12
Residential Retreat at Jikoji Zen Center in Los Gatos
SBZC is co-hosting a Veterans’ Day memorial sesshin at Jikoji, a beautiful Zen center nestled in a wooded canyon in the mountains above Los Gatos. The sesshin will begin after dinner the evening of Wednesday, November 8, and will conclude after breakfast on Sunday, November 12. Fees are $50 per day per person and $40 per day for participating veterans. Please go to www.jikoji.org/jikoji-events/veterans to register. Registration closes the last day of the sesshin; no deposit is necessary. If you have questions, please phone Jikoji at 512.810.1987. Santa Barbara participants who wish to carpool, please call Sensei Koan at 213.479.9519.
Sun, Nov 12 Zazen at MacVeagh House
The sangha will gather as usual at 9 am for zazen. Sensei Koan will be at Jokoji Zen Center in Los Gatos co-leading a Veterans’ Day Weekend retreat. Directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.
Wed, Nov 15 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to attend Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk with Carol Kanjin Abrahamson at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. From 1 to 4 pm, Sensei Koan and Kanjin will participate in “Just Sitting” from 1 to 4 pm; practitioners may arrive and depart (quietly) as their schedules permit. The Grange is located at 2374 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos. Visit this website’s HOME and ABOUT US pages for more information.
Wed, Nov 15 Afternoon Zazen at the Santa Ynez Grange
Beginning Wednesday, November 15, Sensei Koan and Kanjin Abrahamson will participate in “Just Sitting” from 1 to 4 pm. Practitioners may arrive and depart (quietly) as their schedules permit.
Sat, Nov 18 Retreat at Centennial House
This event has been cancelled.
Sun, Nov 19 Zazen at MacVeagh House
The class on Oryoki originally scheduled for today will instead be offered on November 26. In Sensei Koan’s absence, the sangha will gather at 9 am at MacVeagh House for zazen. Directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.
Wed, Nov 22 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to attend Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk with Carol Kanjin Abrahamson at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. From 1 to 4 pm, Sensei Koan and Kanjin will participate in “Just Sitting” from 1 to 4 pm; practitioners may arrive and depart (quietly) as their schedules permit. The Grange is located at 2374 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos. Visit this website’s HOME and ABOUT US pages for more information.
Thu, Nov 23 Thanksgiving Holiday
Sun, Nov 26 Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at MacVeagh House followed by a Class on Oryoki
All are welcome to join our weekly practice from 9 to 10:30 am, after which Sensei Koan will offer a class on Oryoki, the formal and meditative Zen style of serving and eating food that cultivates mindfulness and gratitude. The fee for this class and Oryoki meal is $10. Sutra service info and directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.
Mon, Nov 27 SBZC Annual Meeting
The SBZC Board of Directors will meet at noon on November 27 at the home of our president Elisa Atwill. The agenda will include election of officers. We invite sangha members to attend.
Wed, Nov 29 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to attend Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk with Carol Kanjin Abrahamson at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. From 1 to 4 pm, Sensei Koan and Kanjin will participate in “Just Sitting” from 1 to 4 pm; practitioners may arrive and depart (quietly) as their schedules permit. The Grange is located at 2374 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos. Visit this website’s HOME and ABOUT US pages for more information.
Sun, Dec 3 Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at MacVeagh House, Tea and Sangha Meeting
All are welcome on the first Sunday of each month, from 9 am to noon, to join SBZC practitioners for our regular weekly practice followed by tea and an informal sangha meeting. Thank you for bringing a snack to share. You are also invited to bring a food donation for the Santa Barbara Food Bank. Sutra service info and directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.

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