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.

August 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
July 29, 2019

Talk: David Copithorne

Talk: David Copithorne
July 30, 2019 July 31, 2019 August 1, 2019

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin
August 2, 2019

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Prison Chaplaincy Book Event

Prison Chaplaincy Book Event
August 3, 2019

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

One-Day Sesshin

One-Day Sesshin

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sesshin Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
August 4, 2019

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin

Mountains and Rivers Sesshin
August 5, 2019

Open Discussion

Open Discussion
August 6, 2019 August 7, 2019 August 8, 2019 August 9, 2019 August 10, 2019

Lecture: Gerry Oliva

Lecture: Gerry Oliva
August 11, 2019
August 12, 2019

Talk: Helen Cheng

Talk: Helen Cheng
August 13, 2019 August 14, 2019 August 15, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17, 2019

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Penelope Thompson

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Penelope Thompson
August 18, 2019
August 19, 2019

Talk: Ryushin Andrea Thach

Talk: Ryushin Andrea Thach
August 20, 2019 August 21, 2019 August 22, 2019 August 23, 2019 August 24, 2019

Lecture: Peter Overton

Lecture: Peter Overton
August 25, 2019
August 26, 2019

Talk: Margret Wotkyns

Talk: Margret Wotkyns
August 27, 2019 August 28, 2019 August 29, 2019 August 30, 2019 August 31, 2019

Zendo Holiday: Labor Day Weekend

Zendo Holiday: Labor Day Weekend
September 1, 2019