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.

February 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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
February 5, 2018

Open Discussion

Open Discussion
February 6, 2018 February 7, 2018 February 8, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 10, 2018

Lecture: Karen Sundheim

Lecture: Karen Sundheim
February 11, 2018
February 12, 2018

Talk: Rhiana Wiggins

Talk: Rhiana Wiggins
February 13, 2018 February 14, 2018 February 15, 2018 February 16, 2018 February 17, 2018

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

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

Zendo Holiday

Zendo Holiday
February 20, 2018 February 21, 2018 February 22, 2018 February 23, 2018 February 24, 2018

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
February 25, 2018
February 26, 2018

Talk: Ken Powelson

Talk: Ken Powelson
February 27, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 1, 2018 March 2, 2018

Talk: Ross Blum

Talk: Ross Blum
March 3, 2018

Lecture: Alexandra Frappier | Bodhisattva Ceremony

Lecture: Alexandra Frappier | Bodhisattva Ceremony
March 4, 2018

Women's Sesshin

Women's Sesshin