2023 BZC Calendar of Events
(revised, 4/26/23; subject to change; see monthly calendar below to confirm. Also note details about whether an event is hybrid, in person only, or online only.)

NEW! 2024 BZC Calendar of Events

Weekly Schedule

Week of Nov 8th

  • Open Discussion

    Open Discussion

    Mon, Nov 6, 2023

    7:30 am: zazen
    8:00 am: open discussion

  • Wednesday Night Drop-in Sitting and Study

    Wednesday Night Drop-in Sitting and Study

    Wed, Nov 8, 2023

    The Wednesday Drop-in group is a weekly event, now in person, that goes from 7:10 to 9:00 PM. It includes a 30-minute period of Zazen meditation and a brief service in the zendo, followed by tea and refreshments and an hour of reading and discussion 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 a BZC Priest, Ikushin Gerry Oliva. Gerry can be contacted at for further information.

  • Aspects Class: Genjo Koan

    Aspects Class: Genjo Koan

    Thu, Nov 9, 2023

    The theme for this year's Aspects of Practice class will be Dogen Zenji's Genjo Koan - Actualizing the Fundamental Point.  It will be offered hybrid - in person for up to 40 people as well as in the Online Zendo.


  • One-Day Sesshin to Close Practice Period

    One-Day Sesshin to Close Practice Period

    Sat, Nov 11, 2023



    Lecture: Carol Paul

    Lecture: Carol Paul

    Sat, Nov 11, 2023

    Saturday Morning Schedule

    • Temple cleaning:  7:35 – 8:10 (in person)
    • Zazen:                        8:30 – 9:10
    • Service:                      9:10 – 9:30
    • Kinhin:                       9:30  – 9:40
    • Zazen:                        9:40 – 10:05
    • Kinhin/break         10:05 – 10:15
    • Lecture:                   10:15 – 11:15