Coming-of-Age Program

Berkeley Zen Center is offering a nine-month coming-of-age program for middle school youth between the ages of 12‒14, beginning in the Fall of 2024. Meetings are on Sundays for two hours once a month. Participants will be introduced to basic Buddhist teachings and mindfulness practice, and will explore how to apply these concepts in their journey toward adulthood. A half-day retreat and ceremony at the end of the program will recognize each of the participants for their accomplishments and their unique self.

For more information, please see the Family Practice section at the BZC website ( or contact Marie Hopper (

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