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.

January 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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
January 7, 2019

Open Discussion

Open Discussion
January 8, 2019 January 9, 2019 January 10, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 12, 2019

One-Day Sesshin

One-Day Sesshin

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
January 13, 2019
January 14, 2019

Talk: TBD

Talk: TBD
January 15, 2019 January 16, 2019 January 17, 2019 January 18, 2019 January 19, 2019

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
January 20, 2019

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
January 21, 2019

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day
January 22, 2019 January 23, 2019 January 24, 2019 January 25, 2019 January 26, 2019

Lecture: Laurie Senuake

Lecture: Laurie Senuake
January 27, 2019

Beginners' Sesshin

Beginners' Sesshin
January 28, 2019

Talk: Sam Melton

Talk: Sam Melton
January 29, 2019 January 30, 2019 January 31, 2019 February 1, 2019

Talk: TBD

Talk: TBD
February 2, 2019

Lecture: Peter Overton

Lecture: Peter Overton
February 3, 2019