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Listen to recent talks given at HZC by various teachers in mp3 format. Click the talk below to play.
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Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Gaelyn Godwin: Gratitude. 11.29.15

Colin Gipson: Dana. 11.22.15

Kosho McCall: Inmost Request. 11.15.15

Mary Carol Edwards: The Five Remembrances. 11.8.15

Rohatsu Sesshin

November 29 - December 6, 2015
Deepen meditation practice photo of formal Zen bowls for eating and gather the mind during this 7–day intensive meditation practice led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin.
Sesshin begins Sunday night at 7:00 pm. The hours Monday – Saturday are 5:30 am – 9:00 pm. Sesshin comes to an end after the ceremony of Buddha’s Enlightenment at noon on Sunday December 6.
Download the Registration Form here.
If this is your first sesshin with HZC, please email Kogen Glen Duval, or call the Center 713–869–1952.
More information is available on the events page.

AUDIO FILES continued

Gayle Klaybor:Zen and Love. 11.1.15

Taigen Leighton: Dongshan’s Teachings on Suchness. Part I. 10.24.15

Taigen Leighton: Dongshan’s Teachings on Suchness. Part II. 10.24.15


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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 our Wednesday introduction. In December, the one–hour introduction takes place on the second Wednesday of the month, December 9. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Click here for more classes...


November 29
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.
Autumn Hours: Gardening begins after the dharma talk and continues until 3 pm.
Join the fun for all or part of the day! Everyone is welcome, including children of all ages.


December 31
9:00 pm – Midnight

The doors open at 8:45 pm and you are welcome to drop in anytime during the evening for meditation, tea and refreshments and, beginning at 11:35, the ringing of the zendo bell, marking the transition to the new year. picture of Kwan Yin The evening ends at midnight with an outdoor fire and toast to the New Year.
Everyone is welcome!



Special Three Week Series
Dec. 9 – 23, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Next Five Week Series
Jan. 7 – Feb. 4, 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

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


Jan. 5–Feb. 9, 2016
Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 pm

See the events page to sign up and for full class listings.