Weekly Schedule

Respecting the wise direction to “shelter in place” while the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we are making use of available technology to continue to practice together only on the Zoom platform until further notice.

Online program information

The calendar below currently shows our online programs. 

What we had been doing: 

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, Wednesdays, 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.

July 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
June 29, 2020

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Raghav Bandla

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Raghav Bandla

7:00 pm: Class: A Closely Watched Mind

7:00 pm: Class: A Closely Watched Mind
June 30, 2020 July 1, 2020 July 2, 2020

7:00 pm: Shosan/Dokusan with Sojun Roshi

7:00 pm: Shosan/Dokusan with Sojun Roshi
July 3, 2020 July 4, 2020

9:45 am: Informal Zazen Only

9:45 am: Informal Zazen Only
July 5, 2020
July 6, 2020

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Yoni Ackerman

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Yoni Ackerman

7:00 pm: Class: A Closely Watched Mind

7:00 pm: Class: A Closely Watched Mind
July 7, 2020 July 8, 2020

7:00 pm: Wednesday Night Drop In - Zazen and Study

7:00 pm: Wednesday Night Drop In - Zazen and Study
July 9, 2020 July 10, 2020 July 11, 2020

10:15 am: Lecture: Sojun Roshi

10:15 am: Lecture: Sojun Roshi
July 12, 2020

7:00 pm: Virtual Skit Night

7:00 pm: Virtual Skit Night
July 13, 2020

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Chris Evans

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Chris Evans

7:00 pm: Class: A Closely Watched Mind

7:00 pm: Class: A Closely Watched Mind
July 14, 2020 July 15, 2020

7:00 pm: Wednesday Night Drop In - Zazen and Study

7:00 pm: Wednesday Night Drop In - Zazen and Study
July 16, 2020

6:55 pm: Shosan/Dokusan with Sojun Roshi

6:55 pm: Shosan/Dokusan with Sojun Roshi
July 17, 2020 July 18, 2020

7:30 am: Half Day Sesshin on Zoom

7:30 am: Half Day Sesshin on Zoom

10:15 am: Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

10:15 am: Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
July 19, 2020
July 20, 2020

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Stephanie Solar

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Stephanie Solar

7:00 pm: Class: A Closely Watched Mind

7:00 pm: Class: A Closely Watched Mind
July 21, 2020 July 22, 2020

7:00 pm: Wednesday Night Drop In - Zazen and Study

7:00 pm: Wednesday Night Drop In - Zazen and Study
July 23, 2020 July 24, 2020 July 25, 2020

10:15 am: Lecture: Hannah Meara

10:15 am: Lecture: Hannah Meara
July 26, 2020

7:00 pm: All-sangha Meeting (via Zoom)

7:00 pm: All-sangha Meeting (via Zoom)
July 27, 2020

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Dan Jackson

8:00 am: Way-Seeking Mind Talk: Dan Jackson
July 28, 2020 July 29, 2020

7:00 pm: Wednesday Night Drop In - Zazen and Study

7:00 pm: Wednesday Night Drop In - Zazen and Study
July 30, 2020

6:55 pm: Shosan/Dokusan with Sojun Roshi

6:55 pm: Shosan/Dokusan with Sojun Roshi
July 31, 2020 August 1, 2020

10:15 am: Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

10:15 am: Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
August 2, 2020