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.

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.

September 2017
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Talk: Denise Forest

Talk: Denise Forest

Study of Dongshan's Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi (Hokyo Zammai)

Study of Dongshan's Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi (Hokyo Zammai)

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Zendo Holiday

Zendo Holiday

Lecture: Issho Fujita Roshi | Bodhisattva Ceremony

Lecture: Issho Fujita Roshi | Bodhisattva Ceremony

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting

New Member Entering Ceremony

New Member Entering Ceremony

Sangha Potluck / Board Nominations

Sangha Potluck / Board Nominations

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Talk: Shelley Brock

Talk: Shelley Brock

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Talk: Jake Van Akkeren

Talk: Jake Van Akkeren

Lecture: Walter Kieser

Lecture: Walter Kieser

BZC 50th Anniversary Celebration

BZC 50th Anniversary Celebration