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Affirmation of Welcome
Walking the path of liberation, we express our intimate connection with all beings.
Welcoming diversity, here at Berkeley Zen Center the practice of zazen
is available to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation,
age, and physical ability. May all beings realize their true nature.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Buddha's Birthday: April 4, 8:30 am
One-Day Sesshin: April 12, 5:00 am – 5:00 pm
CPR/AED Training: April 18 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Spring Practice Period:May 2 – June 14
One-Day Sesshin: Practice Period Opens: May 2, 5:00 am – 9:00pm
Download the 2015 Spring Practice Period Calendar Here

New to BZC? Take a look at our first-time visitor FAQ

Zazen (meditation)
Instruction and Orientation

is held in the Zendo on Saturdays
from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Weekly Wednesday
Night Drop-In Group;
All are welcome.

Schedule:
7:10 p.m. Zazen
8:00 p.m. Service
8:10 - 9:00 p.m. Tea & Discussion

20s and 30s Dharma Group

BZC invites young adults in their 20’s and 30’s to join us in a montly open discussion group about Zen Buddhism, meditation, and developing a personal practice. Our aim is to cultivate Kalyana Mitta, spiritual friendship, to provide members with the opportunity to meet others in their age group to support each other in bringing Zen practice more fully into our daily lives. We meet monthly and alternate venues between BZC and a local café. Follow this link for 2015 meeting dates and instructions about the time and place for each meeting. For further instruction contact Gerry Oliva : gryoliva@gmail.com.

No photography in the Zendo, please
We ask that all visitors and members turn off their cell phones in the zendo. If you are interested in capturing the beauty of our zendo on camera, please make arrangements with the Zendo Manager, Bruce Coughran, at BruceBZCZM@gmail.com. Thank you.

BZC is a Scent Free Environment

Berkeley Zen Center Documentary
Old Plum Mountain: The Berkeley Zen Center, Life Inside the Gate tells the story of the Berkeley Zen Center, one of the oldest lay practice centers in the nation.
Click here to view the trailer and for information about purchasing the DVD

NOTES

Buddha's Birthday

Saturday, April 4, 8:30 am

This year Buddha’s Birthday will be celebrated at BZC on April 4. Please bring family and friends! Children are especially encouraged to attend. The celebration will include a song by the children and birthday cake.

An important part of the day is bathing the baby Buddha. Everyone is invited to help decorate his flower bower from 7:30 – 8:30am. Flowers from your garden such as iris, daisy, ranunculus, sweet william and camellia are appreciated.

The Saturday program will begin at 8:30am with a work period, followed by zazen, a short lecture, and the ceremony. Information is posted on the bulletin board. Questions? Please contact head chiden Stephanie Seaborg at slseaborg@gmail.com.

One-Day Sesshin

Sunday, April 12, 5:00am – 5:00pm

Denkei Raul Moncayo will lead a one-day sesshin on Sunday, April 12, from 5:00am–5:00pm. This is a good way get ready for Spring Practice Period in May. We encourage old and new sangha members to participate. Please sign up on the patio bulletin board by Wednesday morning, April 8 after zazen.

If this is your first sesshin at BZC, we recommend that you first participate in a full Saturday program and also speak with the sesshin director. The fee is $35 and should be paid in advance (a discounted fee is possible; please speak to the director). Put checks marked “April sesshin” in the mail slot in the courtyard laundry room door or mail to the BZC Office Manager at 1931 Russell St., Berkeley 94703. You can also use the bill pay option on your banks’ website and make the notation “April sesshin fee.”

If you have questions, contact the sesshin director, Gerry Oliva at sesshindirectorbzc@ gmail.com or (510)652-7217.

CPR/AED Training

Saturday, April 18, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

BZC is offering a class for training in adult and child Lifesaver CPR and use of our AED. The class will be held on Saturday April 18 from 12:30-2:30pm. Attendees will receive CPR certification. The cost is $40. It’s very important that we have sangha members trained and certified in these skills, so please consider joining this class. See Margret Wotkyns, Health & Safety Manager with any questions. Sign-up deadline is April 1.

Spring Practice Period

Sunday, 3/29 8:30 am – 5:00pm

Our annual spring practice period will begin with a one-day sitting on Saturday, May 2 and continue through the shuso ceremony on Sunday, June 14. Sojun Roshi invites everyone to increase their commitment to practice during this period while still tending to their obligations outside the gate.

Sojun Roshi has invited Sentei Kunka Susan Marvin—Spring Garden/Virtuous Influence—to be the shuso this year, sharing the Abbot’s seat and setting an example for us all. Chodo Kaiku Dean Bradley—Wild Bird Path/Open Sky—will serve as benji, assisting the shuso.

There will be a Thursday night class with Sojun Roshi, with the topic to be announced. Download a detailed practice period schedule here. Practice period applications will be available on the main bulletin board shelf in April. Please fill one out and return it to the shuso’s box on the community room porch by Mon., April 27.

In addition to signing up for practice period and turning in a registration form, sign up separately for a number of the individual practice period events. See the bulletin board for signup sheets.

  • Practice Period Events
    • Opening sitting: May 2, 5:00am to 9:00pm
    • Opening/Shuso Entering Ceremony: May 2, about 4:00pm
    • Shuso talks/lectures: May 4, 16, 22, and 30
    • Classes: Thursday evenings, May 7-June 4, 7:15-8:45pm
    • Bansan (tea and dharma discussion with the abbot): Friday, May 15, 5:40pm
    • Dinner and Skit Night: Saturday, May 23
    • Shosan (dharma dialogue with the abbot): June 5, 5:40pm and June 8, 5:40am
    • Lay Ordination: Saturday, June 6, 3:00pm
    • Five day Sesshin: June 10 to 14
    • Shuso Hossen (dharma dialogue with the shuso): Sunday, June 14

One-Day Sesshin: Practice Period Opens

Saturday, May 2, 5:00 am – 9:00pm

Sojun Mel Weitsman will lead a one-day sesshin on Saturday, May 2, from 5:00am–9:00pm. This will include an entering ceremony for our shuso for the Spring Practice Period. We encourage old and new sangha members to participate. This is a great opportunity to start off the practice period and to support the shuso. Please sign up on the patio bulletin board by Wednesday morning, April 29 after zazen.

If this is your first sesshin at BZC, we recommend that you first participate in a full Saturday program and also speak with the sesshin director. The fee is $35 and should be paid in advance (a discounted fee is possible; please speak to the director). Put checks marked “May sesshin” in the mail slot in the courtyard laundry room door or mail to the BZC Office Manager at 1931 Russell St., Berkeley 94703. You can also use the bill pay option on your banks’ website and make the notation “May sesshin fee.”

If you have questions, contact the sesshin director, Jake Van Akkeren at sesshindirectorbzc@gmail.com or (925)933-3486 before 9:00pm.

Everything is Broken

Everything Is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are is Hozan Alan Senauke’s brand new cd of "buddhistic music." Featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Bernice Reagon, and Alan, along with traditional songs rewritten to bring out their dharma direction, the album also includes Greg Fain’s Lotus Sutra hit "Our Hero," about the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging. The album is available for purchase at Alan’s website http://www.clearviewproject.org, and, as a whole album or individual songs, from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Of course it is also available at the BZC Saturday book table. Don’t miss it if you can.

Sittings & Events

April

Founders' Ceremonies
Thursday, 4/2, 6:20 pm
Friday, 4/3, 6:40 am

Buddha's Birthday
Saturday, 4/4 (Saturday program starts at 8:30 am)

Bodhisattva Ceremony
Saturday, 4/11, 9:40 am

One-Day Sesshin
Sunday, 4/12

May

Spring Practice Period
Saturday, 5/2 – Sunday, 6/14

One-Day Sesshin: Open Practice Period
Saturday, 5/2, 5:00 am – 9:00 pm

Bodhisattva Ceremony
Saturday, 5/2, 9:40 am

Founders' Ceremonies
Monday, 5/4, 6:20 pm
Tuesday, 5/5, 6:40 am

Half-Day Sitting
Sunday, 5/17

Practice Period Dinner and Skit Night
Saturday, 5/23