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.

October 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
September 25, 2017

Talk: Jake Van Akkeren

Talk: Jake Van Akkeren
September 26, 2017 September 27, 2017 September 28, 2017 September 29, 2017 September 30, 2017

Lecture: Walter Kieser

Lecture: Walter Kieser

BZC 50th Anniversary Celebration

BZC 50th Anniversary Celebration
October 1, 2017
October 2, 2017

Open Discussion

Open Discussion
October 3, 2017 October 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 6, 2017

Talk: Meghan Collins

Talk: Meghan Collins
October 7, 2017

One-Day Sesshin / Open Aspects of Practice

One-Day Sesshin / Open Aspects of Practice

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke | Bodhisattva Ceremony

Sesshin Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke | Bodhisattva Ceremony
October 8, 2017
October 9, 2017

Talk: Ross Blum

Talk: Ross Blum
October 10, 2017 October 11, 2017 October 12, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 14, 2017

Lecture: Gerry Oliva

Lecture: Gerry Oliva

Jizo Ceremony

Jizo Ceremony
October 15, 2017

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
October 16, 2017

Talk: Carol Paul

Talk: Carol Paul
October 17, 2017 October 18, 2017 October 19, 2017 October 20, 2017 October 21, 2017

Lecture: Leslie Bartholic

Lecture: Leslie Bartholic
October 22, 2017
October 23, 2017

Talk: Jake Van Akkeren

Talk: Jake Van Akkeren
October 24, 2017 October 25, 2017 October 26, 2017 October 27, 2017 October 28, 2017

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman | Sejiki

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman | Sejiki
October 29, 2017

Sangha Work Day

Sangha Work Day
October 30, 2017

Shosan

Shosan
October 31, 2017 November 1, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4, 2017

One-Day Sesshin / Close Aspects of Practice

One-Day Sesshin / Close Aspects of Practice

Sesshin Lecture: TBD | Bodhisattva Ceremony

Sesshin Lecture: TBD | Bodhisattva Ceremony
November 5, 2017