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.)


Weekly Schedule

Week of Oct 2nd

  • Open Discussion

    Open Discussion

    Mon, Oct 2, 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, Oct 4, 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.

  • Class: What is a Good Life

    Class: What is a Good Life

    Thu, Oct 5, 2023

    Berkeley Zen Center is pleased to host Shaykh Yassir Chadly for a 3-session dialogue with Abbot Hozan about “a good life” in our respective Sufi and Zen traditions.

    Please register at


  • Way Seeking Mind Talk: Sonia Tamez

    Way Seeking Mind Talk: Sonia Tamez

    Fri, Oct 6, 2023

    BZC schedules a Way-Seeking Mind Talk on the First Friday afternoon of each month. The talk, followed by Q&A, begins at 5:45pm after five minutes of zazen and runs until 6:25pm. Please note, our First Friday afternoon WSM Talks are online only. The zendo is closed for in person Zazen on the First Friday of the month.


  • Lecture: Abbot Hozan

    Lecture: Abbot Hozan

    Sat, Oct 7, 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


  • Half-Day Sitting 10/8

    Half-Day Sitting 10/8

    Sun, Oct 8, 2023

    Berkeley Zen Center will have a half day sitting on Sunday October 8 from 8:00 am to noon. We will have five periods of zazen, kinhin, and a silent break with tea and muffins. The event is in person only. A $10 donation is suggested.
    Email Mark to sign up or ask questions.
    Mark Copithorne