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.

May 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
April 29, 2019

Talk: Penelope Thompson

Talk: Penelope Thompson
April 30, 2019 May 1, 2019 May 2, 2019 May 3, 2019

American Sutra

American Sutra
May 4, 2019

Lecture: Karen DeCotis

Lecture: Karen DeCotis
May 5, 2019
May 6, 2019

Lay Entrustment

Lay Entrustment
May 7, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 9, 2019 May 10, 2019 May 11, 2019

One-Day Sesshin / Open Practice Period

One-Day Sesshin / Open Practice Period

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
May 12, 2019
May 13, 2019 May 14, 2019 May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019 May 17, 2019 May 18, 2019

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Carol Paul

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Carol Paul
May 19, 2019

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
May 20, 2019 May 21, 2019 May 22, 2019 May 23, 2019 May 24, 2019 May 25, 2019

Practice Period Dinner and Skit Night

Practice Period Dinner and Skit Night
May 26, 2019
May 27, 2019

Zendo Holiday: MemorialDay

Zendo Holiday: MemorialDay
May 28, 2019 May 29, 2019 May 30, 2019 May 31, 2019 June 1, 2019

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
June 2, 2019