CLASSES

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.


QIGONG & TAI CHI
January 7 – March 25, 2015

Wednesdays – 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Mastering Yourself with Moving Meditation
Taught by Henderson Smith

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Improve your health with Movement. Enhance the quality of your life with Mindfulness. Active your capacity for self–improvement with the Power of Breath.

Good for those with a busy lifestyle, Tai Chi and Qigong have been evaluated by the American Medical Association and backed by extensive research. Easy to do yet effective for mental and physical wellbeing, this practice is perfect for those just beginning to exercise and even for those engaged in extreme excellence training.
All you need to participate is the mind–body–breath you were born with and the desire to access your hidden potential.

Henderson J. Smith, Jr. is an IIQTC & NQA Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher.

A minimum of 10 participants must sign up by January 6 to confirm the class.
Cost is $135 for the 11–week series (a savings of $30 if you sign up for all 11), $15 for individual classes. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713–869–1952, or call Henderson directly 713–412–2157.

Tai Chi Qigong
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Calendar of Events
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This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

CONTENTMENT IN DAILY LIFE
led by Tricia McFarlin and Mike Keller
March 31–May 5, 2015

6 Tuesdays: 6:30–8:30 pm

The subject of this class is the teaching of the well–known Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck compiled in her book, Everyday Zen. Joko is so grounded and practical that she seems to know intimately the interior life we all share. Her Zen teachings assume that by observing our present selves openly and honestly in the quiet of mindfulness, we gradually break down ego–barriers and learn to live our normal daily lives in contentment. Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by a discussion.
Copies of the text are available for purchase at the Center.

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Mike Keller is a long time practitioner of meditation. His experience includes practice at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm, as well as extensive study in Sufism. He holds a doctorate in English Literature.

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Tricia McFarlin is the President of the Board of Directors of HZC and holds a doctorate in English Literature. She teaches English Literature at Awty International School.

Contentment in Daily Life
A GUIDE TO THE BODHISATTVA’S WAY OF LIFE
led by Cathy Crouch
Feb. 17–Mar. 26, 2015

6 Tuesdays: 6:30–8:30 pm

How does a Bodhisattva practice in order to benefit people in all situations?
What qualities are polished? How important is patience?
This class explores one of the most important texts on the Bodhisattva life: A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, using a commentary by Geshe Keltsang Gyatso. HH the Dalai Lama has numerous commentaries on this teaching as well, and the instructor will guide the class through the important practices and passages of the books.
Copies of Meaningful to Behold and Guide to The Bodhisattva Way of Life are available for purchase at the Center.
The class is open to experienced meditators and to beginners.
Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by a discussion.

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Cathy Crouch is a Dharma Entrusted lay Zen teacher. She is chair of the HZC Finance Committee, a licensed clinical social worker and the Executive Vice–President of SEARCH Homeless Services in Houston.

Meaningful to Behold
SUMMER PRACTICE PERIOD

Peaceful Abiding Practice Period

Led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin and
Shuso/Head Student Shinji Mary Carol Edwards
June 1–July 12, 2015

The Summer Practice Period is designed to bring regular meditation into your on–going daily work life. Participants will integrate their regular work schedule with morning and evening meditation.

Opening Ceremony: June 1 6:30 pm
One Day Sitting: June 20
Five Day Sesshin: July 7–12

The Teachers: Gaelyn Godwin is a Zen Priest and the Abbot of Houston Zen Center.
Mary Carol Edwards is a senior member of Houston Zen Center, a landscape artist and prairie restoration activist. She is the Shuso/Head Student of the Practice Period and will teach a class on the fundamental 12–fold Chain of Causation.

July Sesshin
The Practice Period concludes with a 5–day sesshin.
Everyone is welcome to attend this traditional sesshin. Practice Period participants – and others – can participate in all 5 days or 1 (or more) full days of the sesshin.

Shuso Ceremony/Ceremony of Dharma Inquiry
July 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
This ceremony invites all the participants and friends of the Center to question and celebrate the Shuso. It is a very important ceremony in the practice of Zen practitioners. Everyone is welcome to attend and ask a question.

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