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 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
July 1, 2019 July 2, 2019 July 3, 2019 July 4, 2019 July 5, 2019

Talk: Mary Beth Lamb

Talk: Mary Beth Lamb
July 6, 2019

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
July 7, 2019

Zazenkai

Zazenkai
July 8, 2019

Talk: Dean Bradley

Talk: Dean Bradley
July 9, 2019 July 10, 2019 July 11, 2019 July 12, 2019 July 13, 2019

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
July 14, 2019

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
July 15, 2019

Talk: Karen Sundheim

Talk: Karen Sundheim
July 16, 2019 July 17, 2019 July 18, 2019 July 19, 2019 July 20, 2019

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sojun Roshi Birthday Party

Sojun Roshi Birthday Party
July 21, 2019
July 22, 2019

Lay Entrustment

Lay Entrustment
July 23, 2019 July 24, 2019 July 25, 2019 July 26, 2019 July 27, 2019

Lecture: Denkei Raul Moncayo

Lecture: Denkei Raul Moncayo
July 28, 2019
July 29, 2019

Talk: David Copithorne

Talk: David Copithorne
July 30, 2019 July 31, 2019 August 1, 2019

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin
August 2, 2019

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Prison Chaplaincy Book Event

Prison Chaplaincy Book Event
August 3, 2019

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

One-Day Sesshin

One-Day Sesshin

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
August 4, 2019

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin