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.

January 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party

New Year's Eve Sitting and Party
January 2, 2018 January 3, 2018 January 4, 2018 January 5, 2018 January 6, 2018

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman| Bodhisattva Ceremony

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman| Bodhisattva Ceremony
January 7, 2018
January 8, 2018

Open Discussion

Open Discussion
January 9, 2018 January 10, 2018 January 11, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13, 2018

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
January 14, 2018
January 15, 2018

Envisioning Beloved Community: MLK Day

Envisioning Beloved Community: MLK Day
January 16, 2018 January 17, 2018 January 18, 2018 January 19, 2018 January 20, 2018

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
January 21, 2018

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting
January 22, 2018

Talk: Leslie Bartholic

Talk: Leslie Bartholic
January 23, 2018 January 24, 2018 January 25, 2018 January 26, 2018 January 27, 2018

Lecture: Alexandra Frappier

Lecture: Alexandra Frappier

Oryoki Training

Oryoki Training
January 28, 2018

Beginners' Sesshin

Beginners' Sesshin
January 29, 2018

Talk: Greg Smith

Talk: Greg Smith
January 30, 2018 January 31, 2018 February 1, 2018 February 2, 2018

Oryoki Training

Oryoki Training
February 3, 2018

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman| Bodhisattva Ceremony

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman| Bodhisattva Ceremony
February 4, 2018