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 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
December 30, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 31, 2019 January 1, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 3, 2020 January 4, 2020

Lecture: Susan Marvin

Lecture: Susan Marvin
January 5, 2020
January 6, 2020

Open Discussion

Open Discussion
January 7, 2020 January 8, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11, 2020

One-Day Sesshin

One-Day Sesshin

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
January 12, 2020
January 13, 2020

Talk: Judy Fleischman

Talk: Judy Fleischman
January 14, 2020 January 15, 2020 January 16, 2020 January 17, 2020 January 18, 2020

Lecture: Laurie Senauke

Lecture: Laurie Senauke
January 19, 2020

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
January 20, 2020

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day
January 21, 2020 January 22, 2020 January 23, 2020 January 24, 2020 January 25, 2020

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Oryoki Training

Oryoki Training
January 26, 2020

Beginners' Sesshin

Beginners' Sesshin
January 27, 2020

Talk: Patrick McMahon

Talk: Patrick McMahon
January 28, 2020 January 29, 2020 January 30, 2020 January 31, 2020 February 1, 2020

Lecture: Ron Nestor

Lecture: Ron Nestor
February 2, 2020