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 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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
November 6, 2017 November 7, 2017 November 8, 2017 November 9, 2017 November 10, 2017 November 11, 2017

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
November 12, 2017

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
November 13, 2017

Talk: Tom Painter

Talk: Tom Painter
November 14, 2017 November 15, 2017 November 16, 2017 November 17, 2017 November 18, 2017

Lecture: Ross Blum

Lecture: Ross Blum
November 19, 2017
November 20, 2017

Talk: Gerry Oliva

Talk: Gerry Oliva
November 21, 2017 November 22, 2017 November 23, 2017

Zendo Holiday

Zendo Holiday
November 24, 2017 November 25, 2017

Lecture: Jake Van Akkeren

Lecture: Jake Van Akkeren
November 26, 2017
November 27, 2017

Talk: Molly Hartshorn

Talk: Molly Hartshorn
November 28, 2017 November 29, 2017 November 30, 2017 December 1, 2017

Talk: Laurie Senauke

Talk: Laurie Senauke
December 2, 2017 December 3, 2017

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin