Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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Listen to recent talks given at HZC by various teachers in mp3 format. Click the talk below to play.
Archived talks are available: ring the bell to go to the 2013 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Parmita Bairi Derden: Ten Zen Bulls. 4.13.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Buddha's Birthday Celebration. 4.6.14

Tricia McFarlin: The Backward Step. 3.30.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Meditation, Bowing, Chanting and Transforming. 3.23.14

Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi: Good Friendship: The Context of Perfect Wisdom. Eighth Talk. 3.16.14

Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi: Good Friendship: The Context of Perfect Wisdom. Seventh Talk. 3.15.14 evening.

Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi: Good Friendship: The Context of Perfect Wisdom. Sixth Talk. 3.15.14 morning.

Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi: Good Friendship: The Context of Perfect Wisdom. Fifth Talk. 3.14.14 evening.

Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi: Good Friendship: The Context of Perfect Wisdom. Fourth Talk. 3.14.14 morning.

Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi: Good Friendship: The Context of Perfect Wisdom. Third Talk. 3.13.14.

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HOUSTON ZEN CENTER

Houston Zen Center is a place to practice meditation in the Zen tradition. The Center offers daily meditation, introductory and advanced classes on Zen, as well as classes on other topics in Buddhism and spirituality. The Center is open to everyone who is interested in practicing meditation; the Center’s members come from all walks of life. We offer longer meditation retreats throughout the year and this website is updated frequently.

The Daily Sitting Schedule is listed on our PRACTICE link. For a Google map and directions to the Center, click here: MAP AND DIRECTIONS. The lovely downloadable MONTHLY CALENDAR (Pdf 816KB) lists this month’s current events.


MEDITATION

INTRODUCTION TO
ZEN SITTING

If you are new to Zen or meditation, photo of member in sitting posture wearing robes please come to our Wednesday introduction. We offer a one–hour introduction on the first Wednesday of each month. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Click here for more classes...

GARDEN PRACTICE

MONTHLY GARDEN DAYS

Sunday May 11
11 am – 3 pm

picture of Mary Carol Edwards Mary Carol Edwards, a senior HZC member, leads us in our monthly garden practice. Vegetarian lunch and snacks are provided along with instruction in organic, sustainable garden practices.
Spring Hours: Gardening begins after the dharma talk and continues until 3 pm.
Summer Hours: Gardening will begin in the cooler hours before the dharma talk.
Join the fun for all or part of the day! Everyone is welcome, including children of all ages.

ZEN

INTRODUCTION TO
ZEN MEDITATION

Five Week Series
May 8 – June 5, 2014.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Five Week Series
July 10 – August 7, 2014.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, with the assistance of Dan Le, this class is for people new to calligraphy symbol for wake up
meditation, as well as those who want to establish a regular practice. The series provides an introduction to Zen theory and practice. Each class includes discussion and meditation. See the events page to sign up and for full class listings.