Koan Study with Sojun Roshi

Sojun Roshi's study group will continue with selected koans for the first half of 2014. Our two main sources will be The Blue Cliff Record and The Book of Serenity. There will be five Friday evening meetings on February 21, March 14 and 28, April 4 and 18 from 7:15 - 8:45 pm. A sign-up will be posted in mid-January. For questions or to register in advance, contact class coordinator, Ron Nestor, at rnestor1 AT All are welcome. The fee for the series is $50, payable at the first meeting.

Oryoki Instruction and Refresher, with Gary Artim

If you are unfamiliar with the oryoki style of eating in the zendo, please attend an oryoki training beforehand. Training is offered every Saturday morning at 6:40 am for those who request it. We are also offering special oryoki training and tune-up sessions in the zendo on the following dates:

Mar 11, 6:30 pm
Apr 12, 12 noon
May 6, 6:30 pm
Jun 17, 6:30 pm
Aug 30, 12 noon
Oct 14, 6:30 pm
Nov 11, 6:30 pm
Nov 29, 12 noon

Come Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm and learn the finer points of our meal practice from Gary Artim, so you can fully enjoy oryoki in the zendo on Saturday mornings or during sesshin.

     "When eating oryoki, you take care of each article, each thing is conscientiously washed and put away. If you do oryoki completely, every moment flows easily into the next with no unnecessary motion. Done in this way, Oryoki is enjoyable. Sometimes people say, ‘I don’t enjoy oryoki at all.’ I think this happens when a person doesn’t understand the process of having one movement flow logically into the next. When one does oryoki with this flow in mind, then it doesn’t feel mechanical. It’s a wonderful feeling, moving smoothly and experiencing that coordinated activity.”

Finding Presence in Conversation, with Peter Overton

This open dharma group focuses on practice in the context of everyday communication. These meetings, addressing ways we speak and listen to each other, have been ongoing for a few years, and are open to everyone. They are coordinated by Peter Overton. The upcoming meeting will be held in the BZC community room; Thursday evening, March 21, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. For further information contact Peter at 510.325.2342, or peterovrtn AT

Within Heaven and Earth: a Class on Living with Living and Dying

Four Thursdays in April from 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm: April 3, 10, 17 and 24

We, Ryushin Andrea Thach and Guy Micco, will be offering a class this spring concerning our relationships with aging, illness, dying and separation. We will draw on personal experiences as well as on materials from the Pail Canon using Buddha's and his disciples teachings, Chan, Zen and Tibetan stories; poems, essays and reflections from over the last centuries by philosophers, poets, health practitioners, and others. Our readings will anchor what we hope will be a lively exploration of our own paths following Siddhartha outside the palace gate to understand how to find our place in this world. Guy is a long time member/friend of BZC and student of Yvonne Rand, a physician-educator at UCB, and an internal medicine and hospice/palliative care physician. Andrea is a priest at BZC. Like Guy, she is an internist working in geriatrics and hospice/palliative care. We both, perhaps like you, have been tangling with the questions posed by this course in our medical practices and our personal lives.

Cost is $20 plus the xeroxing fees for a small syllabus. If you have questions, please contact Ryushin Andrea (andrea.thach AT gmail) or Class Coordinator Ron Nestor (rnestor1 AT yahoo).

20s and 30s DHARMA GROUP

Sojun Roshi invites students in their 20' and 30's to join him, usually once a month, for a short period of zazen and open discussion about Zen, Buddhism, meditation, and/or your own practice. We may also discuss selected Buddhist texts. Meetings start at 11:30 am in the zendo on Saturdays following the morning schedule and lecture. People new to BZC are welcome along with continuing students.

Coming dates to be announced. For more information, email Ron Nestor at rnestor1 AT