Classes at Houston Zen Center are taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, and by senior members of HZC. There is a modest charge for classes but scholarships are readily available. No one is turned away for lack of funds. The Tanto, Kogen Glen Duval will answer any questions about costs and scholarships.

Classes are open to everyone and are generally designed for all levels of practice experience from beginners to experienced meditators, unless otherwise specified in the class description.


led by
Gaelyn Godwin &
Shuso Rick Mitchell
June 6–20, 2016

2 Wednesdays 6:30–8:30 pm
2 Saturdays 9:15–10:30 am

Part of the 2016 Ango Practice Period, classes on the Thirty Verses of Vasubandu picture of Vijnaptimatratasiddhi provide an introduction to a series of verses that are a concise, precise and dense illumination of how our minds transform sensation into thoughts, thoughts into concepts and concepts into misunderstandings – then into liberated consciousness.
To understand this process is to be liberated from habitual patterns.
Sign up for the class below. The class is open to everyone. It is an intermediate level to advanced level class.

Thirty Verses
picture of Jukai Ceremony at Houston Zen Center

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led by
Abbot Gaelyn Godwin &
Shuso Rick Dharma Moon Mitchell
May 28 – July 2, 2016

Practice Periods are times of intensive focus on meditation and study, bringing your heart, mind and body together in one focused effort. During this Practice Period/Ango, led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin and the Shuso/Head Student Dharma Moon Rick Mitchell, participants will fully merge practice and daily work activities.

Working Practice Period. Each participant works with the leaders to devise a schedule that works for his or her working practice. There will be a class on the theme of the Practice Period taught by Shuso (Head Student) Rick Dharma Moon Mitchell.

picture of Practice Period at Houston Zen Center The focus of the class is the important text The Thirty Verses of Vasubandu, using commentary by Tenshi Reb Anderson Roshi.
The Practice Period ends with a 5–day Sesshin, June 27 – July 2.

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June 27, 8:30 pm. – July 2, 6:00 pm
Deepen meditation practice photo of Royce Johnson signalling for meditation and gather the mind during this 5–day intensive meditation practice led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin and Shuso Hogetsu Rick Mitchll.
Sesshin concludes the Practice Period and is open to all.
Sesshin begins Monday night after the final Practice Period class, at approximately 8:30 pm. The hours Tuesday – Saturday are 5:30 am – 9:00 pm. Sesshin comes to an end after the ceremony of dharma inquiry of the Shuso, approximately 6:00 pm.
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.
Participation in part of the sesshin is possible if you cannot join for the entire 5 days. Participation in at least 1 one–day sittings is required before joining this sesshin.

You may send a check with your registration application or use PayPal options, below.
$175 for full sesshin | HZC Member price is $75. Partial participation is $40 per day/$30 for members. Oryoki bowls are available for rental ($15 for sesshin, $6 per day) or purchase $45. Three partial scholarships are available. Email Parmita, to inquire about a partial scholarship.

5-day Sesshin
led by
Gayle Klaybor & Brandon Lamson
May 3–June 7, 2016

6 Tuesdays: 6:30–8:30 pm

Using Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, picture of Gayle Klaybor and Brandon Lamson one of most widely–read, clear and wise Zen texts in the world, Gayle and Brandon will guide the exploration of Zen Practice, Zen Mind and Zen Intention.

Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by the class and discussion.
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Gayle Klaybor is on the Board of Directors of HZC and is a psychotherapist in private practice.
Brandon Lamson is a poet, the leader of Dharma Punx, and adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Houston.

Copies of the text, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, are available at the Center for purchase or online.
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind