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 also includes information about 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, 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.

May 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
April 27, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 29, 2020 April 30, 2020 May 1, 2020 May 2, 2020

10:15 am: Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

10:15 am: Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
May 3, 2020

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

7:00 pm: All-sangha Meeting (via Zoom)
May 4, 2020 May 5, 2020 May 6, 2020 May 7, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9, 2020

10:15 am: Lecture: Sojun Roshi

10:15 am: Lecture: Sojun Roshi
May 10, 2020
May 11, 2020 May 12, 2020 May 13, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 16, 2020

10:15 am: Lecture: Judy Fleischman

10:15 am: Lecture: Judy Fleischman
May 17, 2020

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

7:00 pm: All-sangha Meeting (via Zoom)
May 18, 2020 May 19, 2020 May 20, 2020 May 21, 2020 May 22, 2020 May 23, 2020

10:15 am: Lecture: Ross Blum

10:15 am: Lecture: Ross Blum
May 24, 2020
May 25, 2020 May 26, 2020 May 27, 2020 May 28, 2020

7:00 pm: Group Dokusan w/ Sojun Roshi

7:00 pm: Group Dokusan w/ Sojun Roshi
May 29, 2020 May 30, 2020

10:15 am: Lecture: Gerry Oliva

10:15 am: Lecture: Gerry Oliva
May 31, 2020

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

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