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

Graham Ross: Becoming Aware of Certainty. 10.4.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Self Worth and Uncertainty. 9.27.15

Louise Dreyfus: The Path. 9.20.15

Basia Sobaszkiewicz: Inquiry and My Life. 9.13.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Loving Kindness and the Teaching of Emptiness. 9.12.15


November 7, 2015

The Center's annual garage sale is a major source of fun and also funds for our programs. Give yourself
A Glimpse of Emptiness as you clean out your closet or garage and donate things that others might love to have.

picture of robot To schedule a donation time, call Christine at the Center (713–869–1952) or send an email to Christine. All friends & members are encouraged to volunteer to help throughout the preparation and on Garage Sale Day itself. It's totally fun, and we would love to have your help!

AUDIO FILES continued

Dave Johnson: Temperature of Yourself. 9.6.15


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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 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...


Sept. 2 – No. 25, 2015
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Led by Henderson Smith
picture of Henderson Smith Experience the healthful benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Kung with the guidance of a certified teacher, Henderson Smith. Click QIGONG SCHEDULE for more information.



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.

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.