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.

March 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
February 25, 2019

Talk: Alex Senauke

Talk: Alex Senauke
February 26, 2019 February 27, 2019 February 28, 2019 March 1, 2019

Talk: Ken Knabb

Talk: Ken Knabb
March 2, 2019

Lecture: Ross Blum

Lecture: Ross Blum
March 3, 2019

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat
March 4, 2019

Open Discussion

Open Discussion
March 5, 2019 March 6, 2019 March 7, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9, 2019

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
March 10, 2019
March 11, 2019

Talk: James Kenney

Talk: James Kenney
March 12, 2019

All-Sangha Potluck: Budget Meeting

All-Sangha Potluck: Budget Meeting
March 13, 2019 March 14, 2019 March 15, 2019 March 16, 2019

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
March 17, 2019

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
March 18, 2019

Talk: Cheryl Gordon

Talk: Cheryl Gordon
March 19, 2019 March 20, 2019 March 21, 2019 March 22, 2019 March 23, 2019

One-Day Sesshin

One-Day Sesshin

Sesshin Lecture: Gerry Oliva

Sesshin Lecture: Gerry Oliva
March 24, 2019
March 25, 2019

Talk: Heiko John Lake

Talk: Heiko John Lake
March 26, 2019 March 27, 2019 March 28, 2019 March 29, 2019 March 30, 2019

Lecture: Ron Nestor

Lecture: Ron Nestor
March 31, 2019