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, Dec 13 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to join Carol Kanjin Abrahamson for Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. 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 17 Sutra Service, Zazen and Dharma Talk at MacVeagh House
Provided that fire conditions permit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to be open to the public, SBZC will offer a sutra service, zazen, and a dharma talk. The museum’s phone number is 682.4711; we suggest you call on Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm to confirm that the museum will be open on Sunday. We will announce a new date for Elisa Atwill’s Shuso Hossen ceremony and celebratory potluck soon. Directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.
Wed, Dec 20 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to join Carol Kanjin Abrahamson for Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. 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 24 Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Reading at MacVeagh House
All are welcome to join our weekly practice from 9 to 11 am. Sutra service info and directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.
Wed, Dec 27 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to join Carol Kanjin Abrahamson for Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. 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 31 New Year’s Eve Service and Potluck
Join other sangha members and guests to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a rotation of the sutras, ringing of 108 bells, fire ceremony, and potluck supper. Please arrive before 7 pm. R.S.V.P by December 27 to elisaatwill@gmail.com
Sun, Jan 7 Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at MacVeagh House Tea, Sangha Meeting, and Launch of Intensive Practice Period
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 Sensei Koan’s dharma talk, tea, and an informal sangha meeting. Please prepare to give Koan your commitment sheets for Practice Period (it starts on January 8 and ends on April). 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.
Wed, Jan 10 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to join Carol Kanjin Abrahamson for Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. 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, Jan 14 Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Reading at MacVeagh House
All are welcome to join our weekly practice from 9 to 11 am. Anyone who intends to participate in the January 20 Sangha Building Class should register at this time. Sutra service info and directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.
Wed, Jan 17 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to join Carol Kanjin Abrahamson for Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. 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.
Sat, Jan 20 Sangha Building Class at Centennial House
The Professional Dialogue Process

Sensei Koan will teach this class—the final of five SBZC workshops devoted to cultivating harmony and mutual respect among sangha members. The Professional Dialogue Process offers a structured way of having a “tough” talk with another that utilizes and synthesizes practices cultivated in the four previous classes. The class will begin at 9 am and end by 4 pm. Please bring your lunch; contributions of snacks for the tea table are welcome. The suggested fee is $28 plus a materials charge tbd. Dana for the teacher is greatly appreciated. Please register by January 14. Centennial House is located on the UC Santa Barbara campus, Building 530 in Section G11 of the UCSB campus map. There is a parking fee for cars without a campus permit.
Sun, Jan 21 Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Reading at MacVeagh House
All are welcome to join our weekly practice from 9 to 11 am. Sutra service info and directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.
Wed, Jan 24 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to join Carol Kanjin Abrahamson for Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. 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, Jan 28 Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Reading at MacVeagh House
All are welcome to join our weekly practice from 9 to 11 am. Sutra service info and directions to MacVeagh House can be found on the HOME page.
Wed, Jan 31 Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha
Completely new, novice, and experienced Zen practitioners are invited to join Carol Kanjin Abrahamson for Sutra Service, Zazen, and Dharma Talk at 8 am and/or 5 pm at the Los Olivos Grange Hall. 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.

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