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 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
October 28, 2019 October 29, 2019 October 30, 2019 October 31, 2019 November 1, 2019 November 2, 2019

One-Day Sesshin / Close Aspects of Practice

One-Day Sesshin / Close Aspects of Practice

Sesshin Lecture: TBD

Sesshin Lecture: TBD
November 3, 2019
November 4, 2019 November 5, 2019 November 6, 2019 November 7, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9, 2019 November 10, 2019

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
November 11, 2019 November 12, 2019 November 13, 2019 November 14, 2019 November 15, 2019 November 16, 2019 November 17, 2019
November 18, 2019 November 19, 2019 November 20, 2019 November 21, 2019 November 22, 2019 November 23, 2019 November 24, 2019
November 25, 2019 November 26, 2019 November 27, 2019 November 28, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Thanksgiving

Zendo Holiday: Thanksgiving
November 29, 2019 November 30, 2019

Lecture: TBA | Late Start

Lecture: TBA | Late Start
December 1, 2019