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.

November 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
October 29, 2018

Shosan

Shosan
October 30, 2018 October 31, 2018 November 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 3, 2018

One-Day Sesshin / Close Aspects of Practice

One-Day Sesshin / Close Aspects of Practice

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
November 4, 2018
November 5, 2018 November 6, 2018 November 7, 2018 November 8, 2018 November 9, 2018 November 10, 2018

Lecture: Shinshu Roberts

Lecture: Shinshu Roberts
November 11, 2018

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
November 12, 2018

Talk: Sam Melton

Talk: Sam Melton
November 13, 2018 November 14, 2018 November 15, 2018 November 16, 2018 November 17, 2018

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
November 18, 2018
November 19, 2018

Talk: Denke Raul Moncayo

Talk: Denke Raul Moncayo
November 20, 2018 November 21, 2018 November 22, 2018

Zendo Holiday: Thanksgiving Day

Zendo Holiday: Thanksgiving Day
November 23, 2018 November 24, 2018

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Mary Mocine

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Mary Mocine
November 25, 2018
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