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BZC Open (Online) Zendo on Election Day

Tuesday 3 November from 5:40am to 9:00pm

You are invited to come to BZC’s online zendo throughout Election day. People can join as they are able and come and go as they wish. When possible, join during kinhin or the start of a zazen period. During breaks, the zendo will remain open.

There are periods of zazen, walking meditation, open discussion, and breaks.

For more information and a complete schedule, click here.

We’re Not Going Anywhere

Long ago, when BZC was still on Dwight Way, a policeman, seeing the lights on, knocked at the front door in the early hours of morning. The officer was checking that everything was okay. Sojun answered politely that some people were meditating up in the attic. The policeman said, “You know, we used to look for dope in the walls of this place.” Then he asked, “Wouldn’t you get there faster if you smoked grass?” Sojun replied, “We’re not going anywhere.”

In October of 2020, in this season of pandemic, in a time of continuing wildfires, with smoke hanging heavy in the air, we are still not going anywhere. BZC’s in-person practice is on hold until at least the new year. Along with so many others in California, we are trying to contain the Covid-19 infection. At the year’s end, we’ll reconsider the circumstances of the pandemic and find an appropriate response.

Meanwhile, we are doing all we can to maintain a steady program on a digital platform: daily zazen, lectures, classes, and dokusan. Thank you for your participation and practice. We will see you online. We’re not going anywhere

—Hozan Alan Senauke

Affirmation of Welcome

Walking the path of liberation, we express our intimate connection with all beings. Welcoming diversity, here at Berkeley Zen Center the practice of zazen is available to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. May all beings realize their true nature.