Online Programs

Use the green links below to access our online programs

NOTE: in order to simplify things, we have consolidated Zoom links.  The All Sangha gatherings, Sojun Roshi’s Group Dokusan, the Wednesday night drop-in group, and the Young East Bay Zen group are now meeting in the Online Zendo.  Links below have been updated.

Daily Zazen

  • Monday – Friday
    • 7:30–8:10 am (See Calendar for special Monday morning schedule)
    • 5:40–6:20 pm
    • Earlier zazen on Tuesdays and Thursdays
      5:40‒6:40 am (in addition to 7:30)
  • Tea and Chat
    Mondays, 5:00 pm until afternoon zazen
  • Chanting for All Who Are Suffering
    Tuesdays, 8:15‒8:45 am
  • Well-Being or Memorial Service
    Wednesdays, 8:10 am

Dial-in (audio only): call 408 638 0968; enter Meeting ID: 657 798 2914

Saturday Program (in Zendo)

  • 9:45 am: zazen
  • 10:15 am: lecture and discussion
  • We’ll end around 11:15 am
  • See our Calendar for speaker schedule

Dial-in (audio only): call 408 638 0968; enter Meeting ID: 657 798 2914

Wednesday Night Drop-In Study (in Zendo)

For call in: Meeting ID: 351 206 981

7:00: Zazen
7:30 – 8:30: Reading and discussion

Group Dokusan with Sojun Roshi

Sojun Roshi is now offering group dokusan twice a month. All sangha members are welcome to attend these gatherings (via Zoom) whether or not they ask a question. There are usually eight to ten people scheduled, but there is often extra time for additional questions from others.

These group dokusan meetings take place on two Thursday evenings each month at 7:00. For the particular dates, see the BZC calendar at https://berkeleyzencenter.org/calendar-3/. Please check in at 6:50 p.m. to settle in with some zazen.

To sign up to ask Sojun a question, please contact Gary Artim (gartim@gmail.com).

All-Sangha Meetings (in Zendo)

Intermittent; check Calendar for dates

Dial-in (audio only): call 408 638 0968; enter Meeting ID: 959 6143 3886

Young East Bay Zen Group (in Zendo)

More info about the YEBZ

Online Zendo Forms and Etiquette

  • Please join sittings a few minutes before the scheduled time, so as to be seated and settled in place before the period of zazen begins.
  • It’s less visually distracting to others if you  join the zoom session without video, get settled, and then start your video.
  • The Doan will ring three bells to begin zazen.
  • The Doan will ring one bell to signal the end of zazen.

General Guidelines

Traditionally, to help facilitate a calm and settled space so that practitioners can attend to the moment-to-moment unfolding of experience in meditation, there are zendo practices, or forms, agreed upon and practiced with harmony in mind:

Minimize visual distractions

  • If using a desktop computer, create a practice space by clearing or covering work papers. Please be sure to not have pictures or light sources directly in front of the camera.
  • A recommended way to sit is in profile, facing away from the computer screen. This allows participants not to be distracted by the movement of other sangha members, mirroring our formal practice of facing the wall during zazen. Some choose to sit off-camera; that’s also fine.

Before zazen let the body and mind know:

  • Bow towards and away from cushion/chair. This is traditionally done with palms together.
  • Bow out, while seated, at the closing bell. Getting up from sitting, bow to and away from your cushion or seat. End the session.

Tips for Beginners

Practice Discussion and Dokusan

One-on-one meetings with BZC Practice Leaders are available on phone, skype, or zoom during sheltering in place.  Please see the Practice Leader page for contact information.

To arrange dokusan with Vice Abbot Hozan Senauke, use his online calendar:  https://calendly.com/asenauke/dokusan   or contact Hannah Meara at hmeara@gmail.com.

Some thoughts about the function of Practice Discussion/Dokusan from Ryushin Andrea Thach

Tech Support

If you have questions or technical issues about using Zoom, please contact Judy Fleischman — bzcnetizen@gmail.com or Hosei Kelsey Chirlinn — kelseybrynne@gmail.com.

For general questions or concerns about BZC at this time, contact Coordinator Geraldine Oliva — gryoliva@gmail.com or Vice-Abbot Hozan Alan Senauke — asenauke@gmail.com.