Welcome to BZC

Hozan Alan’s Condition

In late December of 2023, Abbot Hozan Alan Senauke experienced a cardiac arrest while hospitalized for complications from surgery. After spending most of January unconscious, Hozan began to wake up—first with eye contact and hand squeezes, then by gradually finding his voice again and interacting more and more fully with visitors. Now he’s beginning to consult with BZC leadership and add his voice to discussions and decisions.

Silvie, Genpo, and I are very encouraged by the progress he continues to make in his recovery. We are also deeply grateful for the many expressions of concern, and for the way the BZC community is seamlessly carrying on the practice at Russell Street, flexible and steady amidst change and uncertainty.

—Laurie Senauke

(get regular updates on Hozan here: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/alanhozansenauke/)

The 2024 BZC Event Calendar is Here
Face Mask Policy
We have returned to optional masking.  We continue to require vaccinations and at least one booster. If you haven’t already and you want to attend, please send your vax and booster information to the Office Manager –  bzcofficemanager@gmail.com – AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE YOU ATTEND (if sooner than that, also bring your vax card and ID with you).  You need to send it in by email, even if you have shown your card to the monitor.

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID within two days of being here, please notify the coordinator, Carol Paul, at caroljpaul@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Sittings and Sesshins

Beginners Sesshin, April 21st. See: https://berkeleyzencenter.org/calendar-3/?mc_id=1281

Half-day Sitting, May 19th

There will be a half-day sitting at BZC’s zendo on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. We will have five periods of sitting and three of kinhin, with a water break in the middle. This is a nice, quiet way to begin the day, and all are welcomed. Please submit your vaccination information to the BZC Office Manager (bzcofficemanager@gmail.com) if you have not done so. Otherwise, bring your proof of vaccination card.

Suggested donation is $10. You can sign up by emailing the Director Gary Artim at gartim@gmail.com. He will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.