2024 BZC Calendar of Events

Weekly Schedule

Week of May 27th

  • Zendo Holiday

    Zendo Holiday

    All day
    Mon, May 27, 2024

  • Drop-in Sitting and Study Group

    Drop-in Sitting and Study Group

    Wed, May 29, 2024

    The Drop-in Sitting and Study Group meets weekly from 7:10 to 9:30 PM on Wednesdays. It
    includes a 35-minute period of zazen meditation in the Zendo, followed by an hour of reading and
    discussion, tea and refreshments in the Community Room. The group particularly
    welcomes newcomers to Zen Buddhist practice or folks new to the 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 group is facilitated by a BZC Priest, Ikushin Gerry Oliva.
    Gerry can be contacted at for further information.

  • Practice Period Class: Seeing One Thing Through

    Practice Period Class: Seeing One Thing Through

    Thu, May 30, 2024

    BZC’s class series this year during the upcoming Spring Practice Period will be led by several senior students. Material for the classes will be drawn from Sojun Roshi’s recent book, Seeing One Thing Through, a collection of talks about Zen practice, daily life, and insight.

    These classes will be both in person and online and are open to anyone who would like to attend; we especially encourage those who participate in the Practice Period to sign up. Attend on line by clicking on the “Enter Zendo” link on the BZC homepage.

    The class series begins on Thursday, May 9 and runs through June 6 (7:15—8:45).
    Please register by clicking on this link in order to receive class updates and any additional materials:
    Class fee is $50. If this is unaffordable, please donate as you can.
    If you have questions, please contact the class coordinator Ryushin at 510-298-7833

  • Dharma Talk: Abbot Hozan

    Dharma Talk: Abbot Hozan

    Sat, Jun 1, 2024

  • Sangha Work Day

    Sangha Work Day

    All day
    Sun, Jun 2, 2024

    Sunday, June 2, we will be having a SanghaWork Day. There’s a lot to do, so we hope you can participate! The day will open with coffee and pastriesat 8:00 a.m, then zazen from 8:15 to 8:40 andwork circle at 8:45, with work starting at 9:00. Lunch will be provided by our tenzos from noon until work circle at 12:45 p.m., and we’ll windup with informal zazen 3:45‒4:00.

    If you would like to join us, please contact Greg Denny ( or 510-402-8282) and indicate which of the followingcategories of work you are able to participate in: cleaning; gardening; painting; and simplecarpentry or building-related tasks (possiblyusing tools like drills or saws). Some work may get you dirty. Dress appropriately. Covid protocols: Vaccination and one booster are required. Masks indoors oroutdoors are optional.For any questions, please contact Greg.