Weekly Schedule

BZC has regularly scheduled zazen, service, student talks, and dharma talks most days, Monday through Saturday. The basic schedule is:

  • Morning Zazen (Mon – Fri): 5:40 am  – 7:00 am
  • Midday Informal  Zazen (Tuesdays, Wednesays, and Thursdays, starting April 5, 2016): 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
  • Afternoon Zazen (Mon – Fri): 5:40 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday Night Drop-In Sitting and Study Group: 7:10 pm
    The Wednesday Drop-in group is a weekly event that includes a period of zazen meditation, a short service in the zendo (temple) and an hour of reading and discussion accompanied by tea and cookies in the Community Room. The group particularly welcomes newcomers to Zen Buddhist practice and/or new to Berkeley Zen Center. It also provides an opportunity for practitioners to sit and study together on an ongoing basis. We meet every Wednesday except for the five-day Spring Practice Period sesshin (retreat) in June, the annual seven day Buddha’s Enlightenment sesshin in December and during the two week interim period during the December holidays. We also maintain a google group to share reading materials we are studying, announce other BZC events and issues related to logistics. The groups is facilitated by BZC Priest Gerry Oliva. Gerry can be contacted at gryoliva@gmail.com for further information.
  • Informal Friday Afternoon Tea: In or around the community room, from 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm, immediately before afternoon zazen

Saturday Program: 6:00 am - 11:15 am (select to see details)

  • Zazen 6:00 am – 6:40 am
  • Kinhin 6:40 am – 6:45 am
  • Zazen 6:45 am – 7:15 am
  • Service 7:15 am – 7:35 am
  • Breakfast 7:35 am – 8:30 am
  • Break 8:30 am – 8:50 am
  • Work 8:50 am – 9:30 am
    • Zazen instruction offered to visitors at 8:45 am; meet instructor in the garden
  • Zazen 9:40 am – 10:05 am
  • Kinhin 10:05 am – 10:15 am
  • Lecture 10:15 am – 11:15 am
  • Informal tea follows lecture

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. When the the basic schedule is not in effect on a particular day, you can find a note about the changes on the calendar below. The calendar also includes notes about sesshin, ceremonies, and other special BZC events. Our Family Practice page has it’s own calendar, which includes Saturday Family Practice and other family focused events.

July 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
June 25, 2018

Talk: TBA

Talk: TBA
June 26, 2018 June 27, 2018 June 28, 2018 June 29, 2018 June 30, 2018

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman | Bodhisattva Ceremony

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman | Bodhisattva Ceremony
July 1, 2018
July 2, 2018 July 3, 2018 July 4, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Interdependence Day

Zendo Holiday: Interdependence Day
July 5, 2018 July 6, 2018 July 7, 2018

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
July 8, 2018

Zazenkai

Zazenkai
July 9, 2018

Talk: Mahin Mahdavi

Talk: Mahin Mahdavi
July 10, 2018 July 11, 2018 July 12, 2018 July 13, 2018 July 14, 2018

Lecture: Susan Marvin

Lecture: Susan Marvin
July 15, 2018

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
July 16, 2018

Talk: Charley Ware

Talk: Charley Ware
July 17, 2018 July 18, 2018 July 19, 2018 July 20, 2018 July 21, 2018

Lecture: Edward Espe Brown

Lecture: Edward Espe Brown
July 22, 2018
July 23, 2018

Talk: Kurt Kowalski

Talk: Kurt Kowalski
July 24, 2018 July 25, 2018 July 26, 2018

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin
July 27, 2018

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin
July 28, 2018

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke | Bodhisattva Ceremony

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke | Bodhisattva Ceremony
July 29, 2018

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin
July 30, 2018

Talk: Linda Hess

Talk: Linda Hess
July 31, 2018 August 1, 2018 August 2, 2018 August 3, 2018

Talk: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Talk: Sojun Mel Weitsman
August 4, 2018

One-Day Sesshin

One-Day Sesshin

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
August 5, 2018