Weekly Schedule

BZC has regularly scheduled zazen, service, student talks, and dharma talks most days, Monday through Saturday. The basic schedule is:

  • Morning Zazen (Mon – Fri): 5:40 am  – 7:00 am
  • Midday Informal  Zazen (Tuesdays, Wednesays, and Thursdays, starting April 5, 2016): 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
  • Afternoon Zazen (Mon – Fri): 5:40 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday Night Drop-In Sitting and Study Group: 7:10 pm
    The Wednesday Drop-in group is a weekly event that includes a period of zazen meditation, a short service in the zendo (temple) and an hour of reading and discussion accompanied by tea and cookies 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 BZC Priest Gerry Oliva. Gerry can be contacted at gryoliva@gmail.com for further information.
  • Informal Friday Afternoon Tea: In or around the community room, from 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm, immediately before afternoon zazen

Saturday Program: 6:00 am - 11:15 am (select to see details)

  • Zazen 6:00 am – 6:40 am
  • Kinhin 6:40 am – 6:45 am
  • Zazen 6:45 am – 7:15 am
  • Service 7:15 am – 7:35 am
  • Breakfast 7:35 am – 8:30 am
  • Break 8:30 am – 8:50 am
  • Work 8:50 am – 9:30 am
    • Zazen instruction offered to visitors at 8:45 am; meet instructor in the garden
  • Zazen 9:40 am – 10:05 am
  • Kinhin 10:05 am – 10:15 am
  • Lecture 10:15 am – 11:15 am
  • Informal tea follows lecture

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. When the the basic schedule is not in effect on a particular day, you can find a note about the changes on the calendar below. The calendar also includes notes about sesshin, ceremonies, and other special BZC events. Our Family Practice page has it’s own calendar, which includes Saturday Family Practice and other family focused events.

April 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
April 1, 2019

Open Discussion

Open Discussion
April 2, 2019 April 3, 2019 April 4, 2019 April 5, 2019

Talk: Laurie Senauke

Talk: Laurie Senauke
April 6, 2019

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
April 7, 2019
April 8, 2019

Talk: Michael McVey

Talk: Michael McVey
April 9, 2019 April 10, 2019 April 11, 2019 April 12, 2019 April 13, 2019

Lecture: Gerry Oliva

Lecture: Gerry Oliva
April 14, 2019
April 15, 2019

Talk: Maria Winston

Talk: Maria Winston
April 16, 2019 April 17, 2019 April 18, 2019 April 19, 2019 April 20, 2019

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Ross Blum

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Ross Blum
April 21, 2019
April 22, 2019

Talk: Hosei Kelsey Hermann

Talk: Hosei Kelsey Hermann
April 23, 2019 April 24, 2019 April 25, 2019 April 26, 2019 April 27, 2019

Lecture: Hannah Meara

Lecture: Hannah Meara
April 28, 2019
April 29, 2019

Talk: Penelope Thompson

Talk: Penelope Thompson
April 30, 2019 May 1, 2019 May 2, 2019 May 3, 2019

AMERICAN SUTRA:

AMERICAN SUTRA:
May 4, 2019 May 5, 2019