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.

October 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
September 30, 2019

Talk: Mark Copithorne

Talk: Mark Copithorne
October 1, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 5, 2019

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
October 6, 2019

One-Day Sesshin / Open Aspects of Practice

One-Day Sesshin / Open Aspects of Practice
October 7, 2019 October 8, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 10, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 12, 2019

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: TBD

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: TBD
October 13, 2019
October 14, 2019 October 15, 2019 October 16, 2019 October 17, 2019 October 18, 2019 October 19, 2019

Lecture: TBD

Lecture: TBD
October 20, 2019

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat
October 21, 2019 October 22, 2019 October 23, 2019 October 24, 2019 October 25, 2019 October 26, 2019

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
October 27, 2019

Sangha Work Day

Sangha Work Day
October 28, 2019 October 29, 2019 October 30, 2019 October 31, 2019 November 1, 2019 November 2, 2019

One-Day Sesshin / Close Aspects of Practice

One-Day Sesshin / Close Aspects of Practice

Sesshin Lecture: TBD

Sesshin Lecture: TBD
November 3, 2019