Santa Cruz Zen Center
Santa Cruz Zen Center (SCZC), temple name Jorinzan Gyokuon-ji (Warm Jewel Temple), is a Sōtō Zen Buddhist practice center in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
It is located in Santa Cruz, California and led by Kokyo Henkel.
History and Leadership
SCZC was founded in 1970 by Kobun Chino Roshi.
It moved to its present location at 113 and 115 School Street in 1972.
Sobun Katherine Thanas became head teacher of SCZC in 1989, and became its Abbott in 2002.
Thanas died in 2012. Henkel came as head teacher in 2009, and is assisted by practice leaders Onryu Patrick Teverbaugh and Fugan Eugene Bush.
The center is governed by an elected Board of Trustees.
SCZC is an informal affiliate to the San Francisco Zen Center and is a member of the Sōtō Zen Buddhist Association.
It also maintains a collaborative relationship with the Monterey Bay Zen Center, with whom it co-produces a monthly newsletter, Sangha.