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.

June 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
May 27, 2019

Zendo Holiday: MemorialDay

Zendo Holiday: MemorialDay
May 28, 2019 May 29, 2019 May 30, 2019 May 31, 2019 June 1, 2019

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman

Lecture: Sojun Mel Weitsman
June 2, 2019
June 3, 2019 June 4, 2019 June 5, 2019 June 6, 2019 June 7, 2019 June 8, 2019

Lecture: Carol Paul

Lecture: Carol Paul
June 9, 2019

Sangha Work Day

Sangha Work Day
June 10, 2019 June 11, 2019 June 12, 2019 June 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 15, 2019

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke

Bodhisattva Ceremony | Lecture: Hozan Alan Senauke
June 16, 2019
June 17, 2019 June 18, 2019 June 19, 2019

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period
June 20, 2019

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period
June 21, 2019

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period
June 22, 2019

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period

Sesshin Lecture: TBD

Sesshin Lecture: TBD
June 23, 2019

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period

Five-Day Sesshin / Close Practice Period
June 24, 2019 June 25, 2019 June 26, 2019 June 27, 2019 June 28, 2019 June 29, 2019

Lecture: Karen Sundheim

Lecture: Karen Sundheim
June 30, 2019