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Sojun Roshi’s Two-Part Mini Koan Class

Sojun will teach a two-session koan class Monday, October 10, and Monday, October 17, 7:15-8:45 pm in the community room. Sojun’s travel plans, and our other classes close to this time, limit the number of evenings available. The titles of the two koans he chooses are yet to be announced. Fee for the class is $20. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the patio bulletin board closer to the date. All are welcome.

BZC Annual Board Elections October 1 - October 31 2016

It’s once again time for members of Berkeley Zen Center to cast their votes for members-at-large of the BZC Board of Directors, the Board’s executive officers, and the three salaried positions at BZC: abbot, vice abbot, and office manager. Following a successful launch in 2015, the Board has decided to conduct the 2016 voting electronically.
BZC eVoting relies on a tokenized, anonymous web survey link emailed to each eligible member. “Tokenized” means that the link is unique and issued just to one member (by email address). Once the token is used by a member to submit a ballot, the token expires and is no longer usable. The token is encrypted, and the results are completely anonymous. We can verify whether a particular member has voted but not how he or she has voted.
The voting will be exclusively electronic this year. There will be no paper alternative to the electronic ballot. This means that eligible members will need an email address and access to the Internet to cast their ballots. This being the case, the month of September would be a very good time for you to check in with the office manager and update your email address if necessary.
Links to the poll will be emailed at 12:01 am PDT on October 1, 2016. If you haven’t received yours that morning, please contact the office manager to request a new ballot. Once you get your email ballot, click the link it contains, and then just follow the instructions on the screen.
Thanks for your support of this year’s electronic voting process. If you have specific technical questions about eVoting, please direct them to BZC’s webmaster, Troy DuFrene ( General questions about voting eligibility or other aspects of the election should be directed to the office manager (

Sangha Potluck & Board Nominations Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 pm

Please join us for a potluck dinner on Tuesday, September 13, beginning at 6:30 in the community room. A sign-up sheet is posted on the patio bulletin board for bringing food and drinks and helping with cleanup. After dinner the Board will nominate three candidates for this fall’s election. In recruiting candidates, the Board Nomination and Election Committee has identified skills that support the sangha’s interests, including but not limited to: oral and written communication, organization, information technology, money management, fundraising, engineering, building maintenance, and nonprofit law. Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings and an all-day retreat on a Sunday in February and to serve on at least one working Board committee: finance, buildings, development, electronic communication, nominations/elections. As in the past, all BZC members are welcome to nominate fellow members for this position, but please contact them first concerning their willingness to be nominated. We hope to see you at the dinner and meeting.

Studies from Dogen’s Extensive Record (Eihei Koroku) with Hozan Alan Senauke Sunday, September 4, 5:00 am - 5:30 pm

Hozan Alan Senauke will lead this year’s one-day study sesshin on Sunday, September 4, from 5:00 am to 5:30 pm. As the summer winds down, this day will provide a quiet and reflective respite. It will include zazen, oryoki meals for breakfast and lunch, soji, and two study and discussion sessions. Our study will be a selection from Dogen Zenji’s Eihei Koroku, drawn and collected from Dogen’s extensive later teaching. These are recorded talks and pithy commentary, part poetry, part performance, offered from the teaching seat in the Dharma Hall, similar in style to those of Chinese masters in the Tang and Sung dynasties.
Materials will be available on the bulletin board shelf in advance of the sesshin. The fee is $35, and should be paid in advance. Please leave payment marked “Study Sesshin” by Wednesday, August 31, in the donation slot. For more information, contact sesshin director Carol Paul: or (510) 206-5051. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board.

Vallejo Zen Center’s Jazz and Garden Party Saturday July 26, 2016, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

It is that time of year again. We are offering our fundraiser party at 607 Branciforte St., Vallejo.

Great jazz, food, drink, door prizes, silent auction and a grand raffle of dinner for two at Greens.

(Need not be present to win the raffle.)

Raffle/doorprize chances are $5 per chance or $20 for five chances.

Admission for adults is $15 per person. Kids under 12 free.

You can purchase tickets from Ko Blix or Steve Treagus at BZC.

One-day Sesshin Saturday, August 20, 2016 5:00 am - 9:00 pm

Sojun Mel Weitsman will lead a one-day sesshin on Saturday, August 20th, from 5 am–9 pm. We encourage old and new sangha members to participate. Please sign up on the patio bulletin board by Wednesday morning, August 17th 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 per day and should be paid in advance (a discounted fee is possible for those in need; please speak to the director). Leave checks marked “August sesshin” in the mail slot in the courtyard laundry room door or mail to the BZC Office Manager at 1931 Russell St., Berkeley 94703.

For those attending for the first time you will need to fill out a Sesshin Information Sheet to let us know of health problems, food allergies, or physical problems requiring accommodation. Please request this by contacting the sesshin director.

You can contact the sesshin director, Gary Artim, at or (510) 676-9756.

Caregiver Support Group Sunday, July 24, 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Are you helping a loved one do things that they used to do for themselves? Many in our sangha are doing so. Being responsible for another can be an unrelenting practice. Sangha Support is sponsoring a gathering to share experiences, tips and resources to support your efforts, facilitated by Laurie Senauke and Debbie Schley. All are welcome to come on Sunday, July 24th, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, at the Senauke house, 1933 Russell.  Please RSVP at the contact info below (there won’t be a sign-up sheet for this). Also contact us if you’d like more information, or if this topic is of interest but you will not be able to attend.

Contact: Debbie at 503.505.4282 or

Caring for Buddha’s Robe

If you need assistance (or simply time and space) with rakusu/okesa/robe repairs, replacement, or finishing already started rakusu, the following dates are on the calendar. Each session is from 1:00 pm  to 5:00 pm except as noted.

Please contact the sewing teacher, Jean Selkirk, at (510) 655-0820 before you attend the first time.

Any changes to the schedule will be made on the bulletin board.

Material fees only apply for envelopes or new (second or replacement) rakusu, and the usual class fee applies for new rakusu.

Starting first rakusu for Lay Ordination will begin in January as usual. If you are considering this, please speak with your teacher and then also speak with the sewing teacher before the winter break begins.

Sunday        July 17
Saturday     July 30
Sunday        August 7
Sunday        August 21
Saturday     September 10
Sunday        September 25
Sunday        October 9
Saturday     October 22
Saturday     November 5
Sunday        November 13

Noon Zazen Bag Lunch

We are continuing the practice of sharing a bag lunch (BYO) and informal discussion with vice abbot Hozan Alan Senauke once a month after noon zazen. Upcoming dates are:

Tuesday         July 19
Wednesday  August 24
Thursday      September 22
Tuesday        October 25