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.

December 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
November 26, 2018

Talk: Jake Van Akkeran

Talk: Jake Van Akkeran
November 27, 2018 November 28, 2018 November 29, 2018 November 30, 2018 December 1, 2018

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman | No Early Program

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman | No Early Program
December 2, 2018

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 3, 2018

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 4, 2018

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 5, 2018

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 6, 2018

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 7, 2018

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 8, 2018

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
December 9, 2018
December 10, 2018 December 11, 2018 December 12, 2018 December 13, 2018 December 14, 2018 December 15, 2018

Lecture: Ellen Webb

Lecture: Ellen Webb
December 16, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 17, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 18, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 19, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 20, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 21, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 22, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 23, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 24, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 25, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 26, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 27, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 28, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 29, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 30, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party
January 1, 2019

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

Zendo Holiday: New Year's Day

Zendo Holiday: New Year's Day
January 2, 2019 January 3, 2019 January 4, 2019

Talk: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Talk: Sojun Mel Weitsman
January 5, 2019

Lecture: Susan Marvin

Lecture: Susan Marvin
January 6, 2019