Welcome to BZC may all beings realize their true nature

Welcome to our new abbot Hozan Alan Senauke

Thank you for coming to the Mountain Seat Ceremony on January 31.  The video is available HERE.


Hakuryu Sojun Daiosho

With great sadness the sangha of Berkeley Zen Center announces that Hakuryu Sojun Roshi—White Dragon/Essence of Purity—Mel Weitsman peacefully passed from this world to the Pure Land of Buddhas and Ancestors, at 5:30 pm on January 7, 2021.

He is survived by his wife Liz Horowitz Weitsman and their son Daniel, along with uncountable disciples, students, friends and acquaintances across the United States and around this wide world.


Some recent words

BZC Remains Closed To In Person Activities
Until Further Notice

The Board has decided to keep BZC’s physical facilities closed to all but essential activities until a review of the Covid pandemic situation in the summer of 2021. All community spaces in the BZC facilities are officially closed. The patio, garden, community room, and zendo may be used only if necessary or essential, with prior notification and approval.

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.