Subscribe to HZC Podcasts here.

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 2015 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Gaelyn Godwin: Relax. Investigate. Play. Wake up. 2.7.16

Tom Biddle: Dogen and Practice. 1.31.16

Mary Carol Edwards: Dancing Bodhisattva. 1.24.16

Gaelyn Godwin: Presence, Realization, Boundlessness. 1.23.16


February 28
Dharma Talk 9:30 am

HZC welcomes Zen Priest Brad Warner
picture of Brad Warner on his return to Houston to read from his newest book Don’t Be a Jerk.
Download the flier here, post it and bring your friends.
Brad’s previous books include Sit Down and Shut Up, Hardcore Zen and many others. He is a writer, musician and Zen Teacher.

AUDIO FILES continued

Judson Dunn: Tolerance. 1.17.16

Tim Schorre: Ghaṭīkāra the Potter. 1.10.16

Tim Schorre: How to Speak: Sandaka and Ananda 12.20.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Vimalakirti and Compassion. 12.13.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Untangling the Tangle. 1.3.16

Dave Smith: The Opportunity of Human Form 12.27.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Sesshin First Day: Buddha Nature. 11.30.15

Dale Kent: Sesshin Second Day: Buddha Nature 12.1.15

Glen Duval: Sesshin Third Day: Buddha Nature 12.2.15


Click for more information about SZBA

picture of the Zen Center building in the Heights


Welcome to Houston Zen Center, an urban refuge for the study and practice of Zen meditation. The Center is open every day except Friday for meditation.
The Abbot, Senior Teachers and members of the Center offer classes and retreats throughout the year for beginners and advanced meditators, on Zen, mindfulness, gardening, Tai Chi and other practices.
The Center’s members come from all walks of life and all faith traditions.

The Daily Meditation Schedule is listed here on the PRACTICE link. For a Google map and directions to the Center, click here: MAP AND DIRECTIONS. The MONTHLY CALENDAR can be downloaded here.(Pdf 816KB) It lists the month’s current events.



If you are new to Zen or meditation, photo of member in sitting posture wearing robes please come to the 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...


Bread Baking for Everyone March 12, 2016
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

picture of Dale Kent

Learn the art of baking nutritious and delicious bread at home from
Zen Priest Dale Kent.
See the events page for more information and to sign up.


Apr. 4–May 9
6 Mondays 6:30–8:30 pm
Led by Mike Keller
picture of Dale Kent
Join Mike in a study of Zen Master Kosho Uchiyama’s important book, Opening the Hand of Thought. Mike will guide the class in an exploration of meditation and important Buddhist teachings.
See the events page for more information and to sign up.



Five Week Series
Mar. 10 – Apr. 7, 2016.
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Next Five Week Series
Apr. 14 – May 12, 2016.
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, and Gyoshin 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.


Inkstone Ocean
Brandon Lamson

Wednesdays 7–8 pm

Houston Zen Circle meetings are open to everyone. Meetings are informal explorations of Zen. Meetings include discussion and meditation. Contact Brandon for more information.