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 2014 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Gaelyn Godwin: Confirmation and Verification. 3.22.15

Cameron Armstrong: The Inconceivable. 3.15.15

Rusan Dale Kent: Kindfulness. 3.14.15

Tim Schorre: Rohatissa and the World. 3.8.15

Glen Duval: Intimacy. 3.1.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Trying to Put the Past on Top of the Present. 2.22.15

Tenshin Reb Anderson: Perfection of Wisdom, Introduction. 2.11.15

Tenshin Reb Anderson: Perfection of Wisdom, Second Talk. 2.12.15

Tenshin Reb Anderson: Perfection of Wisdom, Third Talk. 2.13.15

Tenshin Reb Anderson: Perfection of Wisdom, Fourth Talk. 2.14.15

Tenshin Reb Anderson: Perfection of Wisdom, Fifth Talk. 2.15.15


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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. We offer a one–hour introduction on December 10th. (It is on the first Wednesday of other months). It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Click here for more classes...


Saturday April 25
2 – 5 pm

Bringing Zen Temple Food into the Home
picture of Henderson Smith Dale Kent, Zen Priest and long–time head (Tenzo) of the Tassajara Monastery kitchen, teaches a class on the mindful, tasty, and healthful style of cooking the Zen way.
Register at Zen Center, or pay by PayPal below.

Please see the flyer for more information.

Cooking with Dale



Five Week Series
April 16 – May 14, 2015.
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Next Five Week Series
June 18 – July 16, 2015
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.


June 1 – July 12, 2015.
The Summer Practice Period, or Ango, is an intensive 6–weeks of daily practice.
Join the Abbot and Head Student/Shuso Mary Carol Edwards for this Working Practice.
See the events page for more information.