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.

December 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
November 25, 2019 November 26, 2019 November 27, 2019 November 28, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Thanksgiving

Zendo Holiday: Thanksgiving
November 29, 2019 November 30, 2019

Lecture: TBA | Late Start

Lecture: TBA | Late Start
December 1, 2019
December 2, 2019

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 3, 2019

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 4, 2019

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 5, 2019

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 6, 2019

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 7, 2019

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin

Sesshin Lecture: TBD

Sesshin Lecture: TBD
December 8, 2019

Rohatsu Sesshin

Rohatsu Sesshin
December 9, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Day After Rohatsu

Zendo Holiday: Day After Rohatsu
December 10, 2019 December 11, 2019 December 12, 2019 December 13, 2019 December 14, 2019 December 15, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 16, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 17, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 18, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 19, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 20, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 21, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 22, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 23, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 24, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 25, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 26, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 27, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 28, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 29, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 30, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break

Zendo Holiday: Winter Break
December 31, 2019 January 1, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 3, 2020 January 4, 2020 January 5, 2020