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.

September 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
August 26, 2019

Talk: Margret Wotkyns

Talk: Margret Wotkyns
August 27, 2019 August 28, 2019 August 29, 2019 August 30, 2019 August 31, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Labor Day Weekend

Zendo Holiday: Labor Day Weekend
September 1, 2019
September 2, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Labor Day Weekend

Zendo Holiday: Labor Day Weekend
September 3, 2019 September 4, 2019 September 5, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 7, 2019

One-Day Study Retreat

One-Day Study Retreat

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
September 8, 2019
September 9, 2019 September 10, 2019 September 11, 2019 September 12, 2019 September 13, 2019 September 14, 2019

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Ross Blum

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Ross Blum
September 15, 2019

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
September 16, 2019

Talk: Leslie Bartholic

Talk: Leslie Bartholic
September 17, 2019 September 18, 2019 September 19, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21, 2019

Lecture: Ellen Webb

Lecture: Ellen Webb
September 22, 2019
September 23, 2019 September 24, 2019 September 25, 2019 September 26, 2019 September 27, 2019 September 28, 2019

Lecture: Mary Mocine

Lecture: Mary Mocine
September 29, 2019
September 30, 2019

Talk: Mark Copithorne

Talk: Mark Copithorne
October 1, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 5, 2019

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
October 6, 2019

One-Day Sesshin / Open Aspects of Practice

One-Day Sesshin / Open Aspects of Practice